New Jersey Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The New Jersey Senate voted 24-16 today in favor of a bill to legalize marriage between same-sex partners.  Two Republicans joined in favor of the bill.  The State’s present governor has vowed to veto any legislation granting marriage equality to New Jersey lesbian and gay couples.  He believes that the right for same-sex couples should be up to the voters.  Yikes.  Another referendum?

The measure is now heading for the State Assembly which is expected to pass the legislation on Thursday.

New Jersey presently does not have any legislation defining marriage as between one man and one woman (known as a DOMA law).

Here are a few articles on the topic:

Over GOP gov’s objections, Democratic NJ Senate passes gay-marriage bill in milestone vote [Washington Post]

New Jersey Gay Marriage: State Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage  [Huffington Post]

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