Sexual Orientation Discrimination Has a Foe in NJ State Senator

State Senator Raymond Lesniak wrote an eloquent op-ed piece on April 3, 2008 regarding the Polish goverment’s decision to refuse to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, an EU document which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. According to the article, “Poland’s President linked the marriage of a gay couple living in New York City with Polish anxieties about German occupation,” a comparison which Sen. Lesniak called “bizarre and shameful.”

Sen. Lesniak, who represents the 20th Legislative District, consisting of the City of Elizabeth and neighboring Union County communities, is proud of his Polish heritage. Some time ago, he protested a racial slur against Polish people by a local radio station. Garden State Equality, a gay rights advocacy group, joined and supported his protest.

Sen. Lesniak stated, quite correctly in my view, that “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation has no basis to exist anywhere, let alone in Poland which has encountered discrimination countless times at the hands of neighboring countries and alliances.”

I applaud this New Jersey politician who clearly “gets it” when it comes to the critical issue of eradicating discrimination in all its forms, and especially discrimination which is condoned, and therefore tacitly sponsored, by the state. Good job, Senator!