Another win for our side….and a potentially very costly suit to the other if it is pursued.

Monday, December 29, 2008 – The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights ruled today in favor of a same-sex couple who sued the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association for banning civil union ceremonies at the town’s public boardwalk pavilion.


The Division ruled that the couple, Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster, have “probable cause” to claim that the ban violates New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination.

Just the latest in a long series of losses for the ‘Camp Meeting Association.’ ‘only my way’ values.

So next,

Garden State Equality and Ocean Grove United have been relentless in leading grassroots opposition to the ban – Garden State Equality at the statewide level and Ocean Grove United at the local level.  The couple, Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster, are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.


“Though we’re not home free yet, today’s decision by the Corzine Administration is a significant victory for liberty and justice for all in Ocean Grove,” said Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality.  “The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has only itself to blame for pursuing a lawsuit that will cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars – and potentially millions of dollars in potential tourism to Ocean Grove, known across the country as a leading LGBT-friendly destination. 

and per GardenState Equality’s Steven Goldstein:

“The question is, how much more hell will the Camp Meeting Association, and its national right-wing extremist backers, put the good people of Ocean Grove through?   We all know how this saga will wind up.  The boardwalk will eventually be re-open to civil unions.  Our side is winning juncture after juncture in this case because the law is overwhelmingly on our side.  It’s time for the Camp Meeting Association to see the handwriting on the pavilion, and end its discriminatory ban now.”

Thanks to all who are working on the case.