The New Jersey state Assembly passed a same-sex marriage bill February 16 on a 42-33 vote, following the state Senate’s earlier 24-16 approval of the legislation, setting up what Gov. Chris Christie (photo) has vowed will be a veto of the measure.
While no Republicans joined with Democrats in the Assembly to pass the legislation, on the Senate side two GOP lawmakers did vote in favor of homosexual marriage, and two Democrats voted against it. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, political observers predict that homosexual activists will have a difficult time garnering the nearly dozen additional votes they need to override Christie’s veto. They have until January 2014, when the legislative session ends, to do so.
Same-sex marriage proponents have been planning their strategy for ramming through homosexual marriage, realizing that Christie is unlikely to budge on the issue. “Today, the legislature has brought us to the promised land,” said Steven Goldstein of Garden State Equality after passage of the bill. “We know the governor won’t let us enter, but we finally behold the view of our dreams and we will never turn back.”
Democrat Reed Gusciora, the openly homosexual lawmaker who sponsored the bill in the Assembly, was optimistic that proponents could ultimately overcome the veto. “We do have two years,” he told the Washington Post. “We changed a lot of views in the last couple of weeks. Give us two years and we’re going to change a heck of a lot more.”
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