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Let's Eliminate Another Vestige of Gender Discrimination

Discrimination based on gender identity has been around a long time, even before the days of our Founding "Fathers." While laws have been passed to ostensibly eliminate this discrimination, though action have been slow and inconsistent.

We still don't have an Equal Rights Amendment and women are typically paid less than men. Individuals who don't fit the binary male/female taxonomy, who rather live somewhere along or outside that spectrum, suffer even more discrimination.

Yet, in one area of New Jersey politics, we institutionalize that discrimination: Most county political committees elect two people from each election district and party. One position is designated for a "male" and the other for a "female." It's time to get rid of this anachronism.

Even ignoring the issues regarding the sexual spectrum, it's simply not a good idea to restrict elective office to members who identify with a particular gender. If the best people to hold those positions in a district are two men, two women, or two individuals who identify as something else, why not allow them to vie for these positions?

Facebook has acknowledged that gender identification is not binary. They allow their users to self-identify across a wide spectrum. It's time to eliminate the "male" and "female" designation in the selection and election of county committeepeople.  

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