Is NJ Next?


Gov. Christie has vowed to veto a gay marriage bill -- but Steve Goldstein is hinting at a fight anyway:

No matter what the outcome in New York, neighboring New Jersey will likely be the next new arena for marriage equality. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer), the state’s only openly gay legislator, introduced a marriage equality bill there on June 13.

The New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney on June 20 apologized on the floor of the Senate for not voting in favor of marriage equality in January 2010, when it was defeated. Sweeney’s apology prompted Steven Goldstein, chair of New Jersey’s leading LGBT political group, Garden State Equality, to issue a statement noting that the votes are there to pass marriage equality in both houses of the legislature -- but not to override the expected veto from Governor Chris Christie (R). That means, Goldstein said, that "New Jersey will have to win marriage equality through other means."

He added, "Stay tuned for an announcement very, very soon."

The New Jersey Supreme Court in June 2010 refused to hear a case that claimed the state’s civil union law did not provide full equality. It said the case must first go through the trial court process -- making such a process the likely next step for advocates of marriage equality. --Bay Windows