Candidates’ views on Gay Marriage
Gay unions OK or not OK?
Charles Winters, Editor in Chief of GaySocialites.com – was interested in Hoboken’s Mayoral candidates’ positions on Gay Marriage.
He sent Hoboken411 this message earlier today:
“Residents in Hoboken, New Jersey will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide who will be their new mayor in a run-off election between Dawn Zimmer and Peter Cammarano.
Hoboken is a progressive town just across the river from Manhattan. I’ll even go out on a limb and say that most of Hoboken residents commute to the city multiple times each week. There’s a strong gay community in Hoboken. For a town that is barely a mile long, its good to know they’ve got at least one gay bar and other establishments that hold frequent gay events.
I’m asking both Dawn Zimmer and Peter Cammarano to release their stance on gay marriage. I want to know if Zimmer and Cammarano think New Jersey should be one of the next states for marriage equality. Even though gay marriage can’t be determined on the city level, it would be great to know where your mayor fits in the same sex marriage debate. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for example, has publicly come out for gay marriage. I have contacted both campaigns and asked that they reply to my inquiry by Wednesday afternoon. I’ll keep you posted.”
Cammarano responds, Zimmer in the closet…
Later this evening he wrote:
“Earlier today, I called on the candidates running for mayor in Hoboken, New Jersey to come out with their position on gay marriage.
I contacted the campaigns of Dawn Zimmer and Peter Cammarano asking them if they could release their stance on marriage equality by the end of the day. One candidate replied quickly, and the other seems to be dodging my question.
Cammarano’s campaign released a statement saying their candidate supports marriage equality regardless of sexual orientation.
“Same sex marriage is a civil rights issue and I believe that everyone is entitled to equal rights under the law,” Cammarano said in a statement to GaySocialites.com.
Cammarano was also endorsed by the Hudson Diversity Action Council, a leading gay rights advocacy group in Northern New Jersey.
As for his opponent, Dawn Zimmer, she hasn’t responded to my question at all. I spent the day in Hoboken and spoke with someone campaigning for Zimmer about the issue. The lady I spoke with said she wasn’t authorized to speak on the candidates’ position on this particular subject, but confirmed she “overheard them discussing it this morning.”
That proves to me that the Zimmer camp got my request, but they seem to be dodging my question. That doesn’t necessarily mean that she doesn’t support gay marriage, but it does mean that she doesn’t care enough about the issue to release her position publicly.
Zimmer and Cammarano both earned a spot in a run-off election for Hoboken’s highest office last month. Voters go to the polls on Tuesday, June 9th. GaySocialites.com will make an official endorsement in this race later this week.”