New Jersey Senate approves same sex marriage

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, February 13, 2012 13:28 EDT
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A same sex couple ties the knot. Photo: AFP.
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New Jersey state senators voted Monday to approve a bill that would extend the right to marry to same sex couples, sending the bill to the Assembly at-large for final approval.

The vote was 24-16 in favor of legalizing same sex marriage, although Governor Chris Christie (R) has promised a veto, according to The Associated Press.

Lawmakers in the state Assembly are expected to approve the bill later this week by a narrow margin.

Gov. Christie has said he would rather the definition of the word “marriage” go before the public in a referendum vote. Christie’s veto can only be overcome with a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the New Jersey Assembly.

A previous vote on same sex marriage in January 2010 was voted down by the Senate 20-14.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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