Imani Oakley condemns Payne Jr.’s absence on LGBTQ legislation
Montclair, NJ – Imani Oakley, a progressive congressional candidate in NJ’s 10th District, publicly slammed her opponent on Monday for failing to co-sponsor 15 important pieces of current LGBTQ rights law.
“Payne Jr. wasn’t sure if he supported marriage equality when he first showed up in 2012,” she said. “His absence from this legislation indicates that he still does not know if he supports the LGBTQ community. “
Payne Jr. – a five-term holder with one of the highest absenteeism rates of any representative – has never introduced a bill or resolution on LGBTQ issues. Its failure to co-sponsor 15 current proposals is amplified by the fact that each has at least one sponsor from the New Jersey delegation.
The proposals include the Therapy Fraud Prevention Act of 2021, which would ban conversion therapy, the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Ban Act of 2021, which would ban gay and trans panic as a legal defense, and the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2021, which would extend Fair Housing Act protections to LGBTQ people.
“In New Jersey, Payne Jr. stands alone in his reluctance to support LGBTQ issues.” Oakley said. “Even if Trump Republican Jeff Van Drew signed off on one of these proposals, the logical question must be, ‘where is Donald Payne Jr? “”
Imani Oakley is a longtime political organizer and pro-democracy activist candidate for Congress
in the 10th Congressional District of New Jersey. The siege covers parts of Essex, Union and
Hudson counties. His time working in New Jersey political spaces made one thing clear:
our state suffers from raging corruption. His campaign is dedicated to ending this system and
to raise up the working-class communities.
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