The following is an excerpt from Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s letter to the editor in the Star-Ledger. The complete letter can be read here.
I voted “no” on the bill when it was before the Assembly Judiciary Committee and I remain opposed because I believe the most appropriate way to approve same-sex marriage is through a public referendum. A majority of New Jerseyans — both those who support and those who oppose changing the definition of marriage — believe the people should decide.
This matter deserves a full public vetting, and that’s why I voted to support a motion made by my colleague, Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz, which would have enabled the bill to become a ballot initiative.
I don’t believe this issue is closed and I look forward to voting for legislation that would allow the people of New Jersey to decide whether to affirmatively allow same-sex marriage.