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State Senate Approves Bill Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Gov. Christie has vowed to veto any bill allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in a 24-16 vote today, NJ.com reports

Sen. Gerry Cardinale (R-Cresskill) spoke out against the bill during today's debate, the NJ.com report says. 

"The essential characteristic of a marriage, the very definition of the term, is it involves at least one male and one female,” he is quoted as saying. “Do not break with thousands of years of civilized tradition. This bill opens Pandora’s box.”

Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes same-sex marriage, has said the decision should be left to voters through a referendum. Christie has promised a veto of any bill allowing same-sex marriage. 

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows 54 percent of New Jersey voters support same-sex marriage, compared to 35 who don't, Bloomberg.com reports

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) called the state's current civil union law "flawed" and pointed to "vague and undefined" protections for same-sex couples. 

"Who are we to say that basic equal rights should be denied to any class of citizen, simply because we’re uncomfortable with the nature of their relationship? The State should not be in the business of legally sanctioning homophobia by conferring separate but equal status to the legal recognition of a union between two people," Weinberg said in remarks released after the vote. 

Politickernj.com offers a breakdown of the senate vote here

The Assembly will take up the bill Thursday.

Paul J. DiBartolo February 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Hey 'Sam the Heroin Man,' your comment is almost more laughable than the article above. Just sayin'.
Johanna Bitto February 15, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Why do people refer to the right to marry a "civil right"? Civil right sare God given rights.....life, liberty and the pursuit of hapopiness. The Constitution (and state constitutions PROTECT these rights. Marriage is a decision made by two consenting adults.....male and female. That's it!
Porterincollingswood February 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Last time, the phrase "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is NOT from the Constitution. It is from the Declaration of Independence. Any 4th grader should know that - it isn't too much to ask that the people who claim to know and love the document correctly cite it. Pass that on to Santorum, who has been citing it wrongly as well for months now.
Schu February 19, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Highest Property taxes in the nation, unemployment level above the national average, corrupt pay to play laws on the books along with dozens of other problems that should be address, but no our Trenton clowns are pushing "same sex marriage." Each day is another embarrassment act of failure with these "public servants" who are only out to serve themselves.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 19, 2012 at 04:30 AM
"Highest Property taxes in the nation, unemployment level above the national average, corrupt pay to play laws on the books..." What is New Jersey?

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