TRENTON – By a vote of 20-14, New Jersey state senators rejected a bill that would have allowed homosexual couples to marry.
The vote was not a big surprise, as only 13 senators were on record in support of the bill before the vote was taken. Twenty-one votes were needed to ensure passage.
Statewide polls indicated that New Jersey residents were closely divided on the issue.
The vote is a victory for opponents of the measure, who feared that it would damage religious freedom.
New Jersey does offer civil unions that grant the legal rights of marriage to homosexual couples.
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