New Jersey Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

 

Senators in New Jersey on Monday voted  24-16 to legalize same-sex marriage.

Monday’s vote saw two Republican senators, Jennifer Beck and Diane Allen, cross the floor to join 22 Democrats in voting for the bill.

The General Assembly is expected to take up the bill Thursday and it is believed, though not guaranteed, that the bill has enough votes to pass.

However, this historic vote may be dampened slightly by the fact that Governor Chris Christie has repeatedly stated his plans to veto the legislation. The governor has also made it known that he believes the bill should go to a public referendum.

This has angered civil rights advocates who say that minority rights should not be put to a public vote.

Whether the state Legislature has the votes to override a governor veto is unknown, though advocates have said they are prepared to mount a campaign if that is what is required, and certainly the numbers needed in the Senate do not seem entirely out of reach.

Indeed in a recent interview New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D), who abstained from voting on a same-sex marriage bill in 2010, said last Friday on the Brian Lehrer Show:

“If the governor vetoes the bill, we’re gonna fight to override the governor. I have two years to do it almost, so that gives us plenty of time to work on people.”

Take Action: Tell Governor Christie to let same-sex couples marry!

 

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28 comments

David N.
David N.4 years ago

Thank for the article.

Marianna B M.

another state abandoned by God

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Homophobia has no place in politics....

New G.
W. C.4 years ago

Thank you.

Mary K.
Mary K.4 years ago

Write to Gov. Christie to sign the bill. Write to the state legislature to override the veto if Christie vetoes the bill. Yes, WE can.

Mary L.
Mary L.4 years ago

Good for New Jersey! More signs of intelligence in state legislatures.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

Christie will probably veto it, after he is finished crying in his gummi bears.

Ira L.
Ellie L.4 years ago

Everything and anything Christie wants should be vetoed by the people of New Jersey. In the next election, veto Christie at the polls! End of story.

Ira L.
Ellie L.4 years ago

Someone should "Veto" Christie!!!!

Dan(iel) M.
Dan(iel) M.4 years ago

Gov. Christie is WRONG on this issue and ultimately will fail.