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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Asbury Park Scores 96/100 in the 2020 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard

 National Survey by the Human Rights Campaign Measures LGBTQ Inclusivity in City Laws and Policies

12/8/20, Asbury Park, NJ – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released the results of their 2020 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), measuring different aspects of LGBTQ inclusivity in municipalities around the country. 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 2020 Municipal Equality Index rates 506 municipalities of varying sizes drawn from every state in the nation. This year it includes the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities, 75 cities and municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state groups members and supporters.

Asbury Park’s final score was 96 out of 100. Out of the eleven municipalities cities in New Jersey included in the Index, Asbury Park came in fifth behind Jersey City, Hoboken and Princeton, each with a score of 100, and Lambertville with a score of 98. Asbury Park’s full scorecard is available at

“We’re proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for Asbury Park’s ongoing commitment to the LGBTQ community,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, “And we are incredibly thankful to all of our community partners, including Garden State Equality, whose efforts help ensure nondiscrimination for the LGBTQ community.”

For more information on the Municipal Equality Index visit

For more information on the City of Asbury Park, visit


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