TRENTON – Last week, Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts said that he will call a vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage only if the state Senate passes similar legislation first.
In December, the Senate had scheduled a vote on the bill, but leaders tabled the bill at the last minute pending an Assembly hearing.
With neither house ready to vote on the bill, its prospects for passage look weak. While Gov. Jon Corzine supports the legislation, Gov.-elect Christopher Christie, who takes office on Jan. 19, has indicated he would veto the bill.
Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) said that he would push for a vote on Jan. 7.
“I think this issue deserves to be put up for a vote, and let the senators take a stand,” said Lesniak. “When that board opens, we hope the senators will search their souls and hearts and vote for marriage equality.”
Five states recognize same-sex marriage: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts New Hampshire and Vermont. Many states have constitutional amendments that limit marriage to the traditional definition.
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