Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Bill

NJ Supreme Court is end game for Same Sex Marriage Advocates

As expected, the New Jersey Assembly passed the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions Act today.  The vote was 42-33.  No Republican voted for the bill.  Two Cape May County Democrats, Nelson Albano and Matthew Milam voted NO, according to NJ.com

The bill passed the Senate last week and now heads to Governor Chris Christie for his expected veto.

Christie has called for the issue to be put to referendum this fall.  Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman has proposed legislation authorizing the referendum.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney has said the referendum legislation will not make it to the Senate floor for a vote.

Christie has said the Democrats handling of the matter is political theater. He told Poltickernj,

“If they don’t put it on the ballot, you’ll know the whole thing was political theater,” Christie said. “I trust the people.”

However, same sex marrige advocates seem to think that legislative passage of the bill will make a difference in their efforts to get the New Jersey Supreme Court to impose same sex marriage in New Jersey regardless of Christie’s veto or whether or not there is a referendum.

In an email to his membership, Steven Goldstein, CEO of Garden State Equality, said,

… Meanwhile, Garden State Equality continues its lawsuit with Lambda Legal –
where courts will now see the legislative intent of marriage equality…

…         “Pursuing all roads to justice, Garden State Equality and seven-same sex couples will continue our lawsuit for marriage equality, where we are represented by Lambda Legal and the nationally renowned Gibbons law firm.  With this victory, the courts will see the legislature’s clear intent to replace the state’s failed civil union law with marriage equality.”

Posted: February 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Marriage Equality, Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions Act | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Bill”

  1. Freespeaker1976 said at 8:27 am on February 17th, 2012:

    So, Mary Pat did NOT vote for the bill. Yet Jen Beck flip flopped and did. That doesn’t bode well for the “all girl team”

    Or, was Mary Pat using the cover of a definite veto by the Governor, not to stick her neck out again when she’s already taken other liberal stances?

  2. ArtGallagher said at 8:28 am on February 17th, 2012:

    Mary Pat did not vote. She’s traveling to attend Beck’s wedding to a man.

  3. James Hogan said at 8:40 am on February 17th, 2012:

    Well that wedding MUST BE STOPPED! All other powers left to the people and all…. Jen didn’t purchase a certificate for her personal relationship from We the People and WE have a God Given Right to make a few bucks off of other people’s emotions in the name of public health and safety! So who’s with me??? Are we crashing this wedding, for justice, or what????

    But more seriously, congrats to MY State Senator, may you fair better than the other 50% of government certified relationships.

  4. Bob English said at 8:55 am on February 17th, 2012:

    Maybe I am old fashioned but if you are elected and paid to show up, you should be there.

  5. Lies! said at 9:33 am on February 17th, 2012:

    Asw Angelini is not at Beck’s wedding…

  6. ArtGallagher said at 9:39 am on February 17th, 2012:

    Lies! said at 9:33 am on February 17th, 2012:
    Asw Angelini is not at Beck’s wedding…

    I read that she was an assumed it was true. I did not hear it from her, as I heard directly from Declan O’Scanlon.

    I’ll verify and report back here.

  7. Jim Sage said at 12:57 pm on February 17th, 2012:

    Bob, I agree with you 100%. As for Beck: It will be interesting to see her lead the charge of senate Republicans to override– or attempt to override– a Christie promised veto of this bill.