The Human Rights Council's goal is to secure and protect the diversity of the City through educational and other community programs and actions. By bringing together multiple facets of the City, along with resident-members, the Council aims to ensure that Lambertville remains a place of understanding and tolerance.

Mayor DelVecchio has named Kari Osmond to be his liaison within the City's Human Rights Council. In this role, she will serve as the point-of-contact between the Council and the City for any issues that are brought to the City's attention. In making the selection, the Mayor cited Osmond's strong background and work in constituent relations as district director for US Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman and, previously, chief of staff for state Assemblyman Reed Gusciora.

The City of Lambertville's Human Rights Council was established by ordinance on August 13, 2014. Click here to review the ordinance.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Phillip L. Pittore Justice Center, 25 South Union Street, Lambertville. For more information contact John Woods at  609-306-5163.

Municipal Equality Index

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality. The 2016 MEI is the fifth annual edition and rates a total of 506 cities from every state in the nation. The number of cities rated increased by 98 cities from 2015 and increased by 369 cities since 2012. To review the Index, please click here.

None of the 12 New Jersey cities included in the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, scored as high as Jersey City, though Lambertville came close, with a score of 98 out of 100. To see how the City of Lambertville scored click here 

Home of New Jersey’s First Same-Sex Marriage

On Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in a 7-0 decision that marriages could begin on a provisional basis and officials here, where Asaro is a councilwoman, made sure they were ready to go at the stroke of midnight today, Oct. 21, 2013.

To read the entire story, click here