Rep Steve Rothman Includes Marriage Equality in TV Ad


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.

Related Reading:

New Jersey Assembly Approves Gay Marriage Bill

Majority of Voters in New Jersey Support Marriage Equality

New Jersey Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

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Isabel Ramirez
Isabel Ramirez3 years ago

I hope more follow him

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

Kudos to Rothman!

Michelle Poirier
Michelle P.3 years ago

@Solangel P. Not everyone wants to get married by the church, not all homosexuals are Christian. There are so many legal rights that come with getting married, they deserve the same rights that a heterosexual deserves.
They are not lesser humans, they are humans who deserve equal opportunity, equal respect, and equal protection. Personal choices like who they love shouldn't bar them from being able to get married. Commitment is commitment and legal rights go with that, a lot of them, everything from taxes to health care. That's one of the big issues.
Also why should heterosexuals get rights that homosexuals don't? The thinking that they shouldn't be getting marriages in the eyes of the law reminds me of racism and back when people couldn't marry into other cultures or ethnic groups or when black people couldn't marry white people. Your statement seems misinformed.

If we deny the rights of homosexuals then we might as well go back to black slavery when they were only property and when people were burned as witches. (sarcasm) and let's force women to stop working, they can only give birth to kids and why not go all Taliban right? No women driving, you don't have rights, you must obey men UGH UGH UGH... ugh ugh gwaaahhh (end of sarcasm) It's ridiculous, what they do in bed isn't our business. Who they love isn't our business. As far as "keeping marriage holy with just one man and one woman" half of marriages end in divorce, so as far as I'm concerned "keeping marriage hol

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran3 years ago


Hannah Metcalf
Hannah Metcalf3 years ago

Finally! This is awesome news.

Jason S.
Jason S.3 years ago


Joan S.
JC S.3 years ago

Ah my home state and am I proud.

Solangel P.
Solangel P.3 years ago

Why doesn't our Liberal/Progressive leaders call President Obama out on the latest revelations :
92% of EVERYONE who lost their job in the last 3 1/2 years were WOMEN. This is a staggering statistic. What is the Obama Administration doing or not doing that is causing this unprecedented fact. I was all for him 4 years ago, but this is ridiculous. If you look at minority stats, they have gotten much, much worse under Obama too. We should not enable this pathway of harm to us, or throw out a battle of twisted statistics (the above says it all)... but call it like it is and demand action from the Obama folks; not blame everyone humble opinion.

Solangel P.
Solangel P.3 years ago

Why doesn't the herterosexual community simply do marriage ONLY in the Church and leave only the legal matters for the courthouse?...that way, everyone is happy.

Past Member
Past Member 3 years ago

That's fantastic! Both of them support it? Really? And in a well-televised ad? Go New Jersey!