2012:Mayor Booker "Dear God: We should not be putting civil rights issues to a popular vote subject to the sentiments or passions of the day, No minority should have their civil rights subject to the majority"
"I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing when someone says I'm gay, and I say,
"So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I'm straight."
As an African-American, he would "not be standing here right now if judges didn't say everyone in America is equal under the law."
(Newark Star-Ledger, 2013)
Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate , Oct 5, 2013
Booker then makes the case for Employment Non Discrimination for #LGBT people.
"STOP CENSORING CRITICAL 🏳️🌈LGBT HEALTH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON FEDERAL WEBSITES"
2020 Census questionnaires would offer "same-sex"and "opposite-sex" designations.
Demographers anticipate this could produce the most comprehensive data yet on same-sex couples living in the U.S.