Posts Tagged 'Bill Baroni'

Floor Vote on Gay Marriage Scheduled for Thursday

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Last night, the New Jersey State Senate Judiciary committee passed legislation legalizing gay marriage by a 7-6 vote. Republican Bill Baroni, pictured right, was the decisive vote. The bill will now face a full floor vote on Thursday. My gut prediction is that this will fail, much like it failed last week in New York. Two Democrats, Committee Chair Paul Sarlo and Vice Committee Chair John Girgenti, voted against the bill in committee and getting this to 21 votes in the full Senate will be difficult. Most likely, the Democrats just want to be able to say they took action.

I never write much, if anything ever, about social issues. Social issues are not what wake me up in the morning. However, since the State Senate is considering the legislation, and it is the most high profile issue confronting our elected representatives, I suppose I will weigh in. This type of social engineering is the province of the voters. If they want gay marriage, so be it. If they do not, so be it. Marriage is not a civil institution. Defining marriage is not one of the two or three essential functions of government and it should be up to the people to decide what type of society they want to live in.

If this issue were confronting me via the initiative and referendum, I would probably vote no. Government does not exist to define personal relationships. Expanding the definition of marriage to include same sex couples would expand the power of government to create and bestow rights. There is nothing stopping a gay couple from buying two rings and calling each other a married couple. What they want is the official government signed, sealed and approved piece of paper saying they are married. Why do we want government to have that type of power over our lives? The pro-gay marriage side argues this is a fundamental issue of liberty but how free are you in a world where you have to obtain an official permission slip from the government in order to call you and your partner a married couple?


Medical Marijuana wins state senate committee approval

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Patients using marijuana for medicinal purposes won a 6-1 vote in the State Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

This seems like an easy issue. Patients should be free to seek whatever medical care they desire. Even if one wishes to make the thin arguments that is there is harm in marijauna use, the supposed harm is done to no one other than the patient. This is not a case of “rights” or a group looking for special protections, this is a simple case of freedom and individual liberty.

Ethics Reform Stalled in State Senate

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Bill Baroni’s (R-Mercer) proposed legislation that would prevent lawmakers from holding positions such as municipal attorney or engineer has stalled in the State Senate. This is another reform designed to cut down on multiple pensions, lawmakers establishing their own fiefdoms and opening up these positions to actual competition as opposed to political payback, has stalled in the Democratically controlled senate.

This bill makes too much sense so it shouldn’t be any shocker it won’t be enacted.

Straight Talk Express comes to NJ!

Mac just came to Burlington County College today and I must say, this is the next President of the United States. I thought he was going to be in favor of the Supreme Court decision, and he wasn’t. As a conservative and most importantly as an American, this made me proud. Plus the few liberals there really pissed me off, and there is nothing more that rallies someone behind a candidate than when they go after an American Hero and his county. A few local politicians and some other politicians were there such as Lieberman, Lindsey Graham, Tom Kean Senior and Junior, Jim Saxton, Chris Myers, Chris Smith, and Bill Baroni.

He gave his small speech on reform, prosperity, and peace. And then took a few questions. I was THIS close to shaking his hand after the townhall meeting! All in all in if there is only one reason to vote for McCain the answer is two words: President Obama. My friends, it’s time we have a Real American Hero – McCain ’08!