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Elizabeth - Senator Raymond Lesniak, one of the state’s leading advocates for equal rights for all Americans, including members of the LGBT community, issued the following statement on Wednesday condemning U. S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan for his “petty, insensitive and homophobic” comments speculating on the sexuality of his campaign opponent and calling on Governor Chris Christie to withdraw his support of his party’s nominee:
“Steve Lonegan’s comments are expressions of prejudice towards every member of the LGBT community that will hinder progress towards equality and justice for everyone. Mr. Booker's sexuality doesn't matter, but Mr. Lonegan's words and attitudes do. His comments are petty, insensitive and homophobic and have no place in the public dialogue. Mr. Lonegan should apologize and Governor Christie should withdraw his endorsement and his support of his party’s nominee for the United States Senate.
“If the Governor truly believes in equal rights for all Americans, he should speak out for equality and against discrimination. The Governor should display the right example for New Jerseyans and make it clear that the attitude behind Mr. Lonegan’s comments don’t represent the values of the Garden State. Governor Christie must rescind his support for Lonegan immediately. This comment is nothing less than a homophobic reference to gay males not being guys. Mr. Lonegan is a disgrace and should move to Russia where his bigotry would be acceptable by its leaders.
“On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that was such a pivotal event in the civil rights movement we should make sure we are working to extend those same civil rights to all Americans, regardless of their sexual identity. Until those rights are enjoyed by everyone, no one will be able to live with true equality.”
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