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Gay Marriage Closer to Reality in New Jersey

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Posted on Feb 13, 2012
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On Monday, gay marriage supporters scored another legislative victory with the news that the New Jersey Senate had passed a bill that will allow same-sex couples to make it official—that is, if the measure can make it past the state’s conservative governor, Chris Christie. That might be the tough part.  —KA

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New Jersey lawmakers gave their blessing to legalizing gay marriage for the first time Monday as the state Senate passed a bill that would allow nuptials for same-sex couples, despite Gov. Chris Christie’s insistence that he will veto such legislation.
The Senate’s 24-16 vote sends the bill to the Assembly, which is expected to pass it on Thursday.

Monday’s vote contrasts with the only other gay-marriage vote taken in the Legislature. In January 2010, gay marriage supporters thought they had built a narrow majority in the Senate, but senators began to defect, and the measure was defeated 20-14. Since then, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat from West Deptford, has changed his position. He says he regrets abstaining two years ago and has made gay marriage recognition a top priority.

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By heterochromatic, February 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

Lee—-he didn’t say that Hispanic folks were
homophobia, he says that there’s a conservative
minority of them that are.

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By Leefeller, February 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment

Maybe I am generalizing here, but if Blackspeare is correct about the Hispanic folks being homophobic, I would suspect it has something to do with the Church, as for blacks I have no idea, but this goes for anyone who happens to be homophobic, like the Mormons, Santorum, Romney and the rest of the GOP clowns.

As for Christi, I normally do not have anything against obesity, except now for the convenience of it, they should add an obesity clause to the referendum because my moral and Atheist beliefs find Obesity an abomination in my myopic world, especially when people are starving in Africa, so it is with absentee reservations I feel obese people should not be allowed to marry and especially intermarriage between obese and the nonobese,.... geez next thing you know there will be Santorum on dog!

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By heterochromatic, February 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

gay marriage really isn’t going to bring New Jersey all that much closer to reality.

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By Blackspeare, February 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

Christie will veto this legislation for he prefers a statewide referendum, which will, in all likelihood, will turn away gay and lesbian marriage.  Referendums bring into play outside groups with lots of money who appeal to the Black and Hispanic conservative minorities who for some reason tend to be homophobic as happened in California with proposition 8.

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