Earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie signed what advocates are calling the nation’s toughest anti-bullying bill into law. The bill includes protections for LGBT youth. As the new legislative season begins in state legislatures across the country, other states are looking at the New Jersey bill to see how they should formulate their own legislation to do better for LGBT youth.
SOMERSET, N.J. – (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an anti-bullying bill that advocates say is the toughest of its kind in the nation, giving a sense of progress to the people attending a conference dedicated to preventing suicide by gay young people.
The “anti-bullying bill of rights” had been in the works for several months, but it picked up steam in the state Legislature after Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student, committed suicide in September. Clementi’s roommate and a third Rutgers student were charged with using a webcam to spy on Clementi during his dorm-room liaison with a man days before the suicide.