Congressman Steve Rothman of New Jersey, in a first for the state and potentially for any national incumbent, has included his support for marriage equality in a campaign television ad.
The advertisement, called “Our Values”, began airing on Thursday. Take a look below:
While New Jersey equality group Garden State Equality is keen to point out they are not endorsing Rothman (D-Englewood), they have praised him for his willingness to put marriage equality at the heart of his campaign, with chairman Steven Goldstein reportedly saying: “It certainly is the first time in the history of New Jersey that any candidate for major office has showcased marriage equality in a television ad. It may well be a first nationally.”
The Rothman campaign has bought in excess of $50,000-worth of airtime on cable television stations for the spot.
Rothman’s main rival, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-Paterson), also supports marriage equality and is a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act which would repeal the federal gay marriage recognition ban, DOMA.
Rep. Rothman also supports the Respect for Marriage Act.
The heated primary campaign politics aside, that the two Congressman now seem to be battling over who supports marriage equality the most is a testament to the seismic shift that has occurred on the marriage equality issue.
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