In an effort to obtain LGBT equality across New Jersey and to put an end to bullying, a new coalition is being formed in the state which will be made up of LGBT, civil rights, labor, progressive and faith organizations. 

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Named the Garden State Coalition for Equality, the group will host a Town Hall meeting tonight in Montclair to launch the new organization.

The coalition will work to win support for marriage equality on both sides of the political aisle and in communities across the state.  The group also plans to conduct anti-bullying work in schools.

"We at Garden State Equality are extremely excited to be forming this new coalition," said Garden State Equality Executive Director Troy Stevenson.  "Together we will bring full equality to New Jersey.  Together, we will ensure that all New Jersey couples have the freedom to marry the person that they love.  Together we will ensure that every young person in a New Jersey school is protected from bullying and harassment."

"We are on the cusp of equality in New Jersey and the Garden State Coalition for Equality will put us over the edge," said Human Rights Campaign National Field Director Marty Rouse.  "With support of marriage equality at an all-time high, and the fight to end bullying escalating across the country, we will reach out to our friends on both sides of the aisle and touch the lives of LGBT youth across the state."

Tonight's meeting will be held at Garden State Equality Headquarters at 40 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair from 7:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m.