New Jersey apologizes for historic targeting of LGBTQ bars
New Jersey's attorney general is apologizing for the state's history of targeting LGBTQ bars for closure.
Gurbir Grewal said Tuesday he is vacating 126 decisions the state took against establishments from 1933 to 1967, when a state Supreme Court ruling held officials couldn't target bars for closure to liquor license suspension just because they served LGBTQ patrons.
Grewal called it an “ugly moment" in the state's history and announced the apology and other action to mark the end of Pride Month.
A memorial will be installed in Asbury Park at the location of the former Paddock Bar, which was subject to many of these violations.
Grewal said that he wanted to “right the wrongs of the past.”
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.