Effort To Overturn Same-Sex Marriage Veto Slowly Gaining Momentum

320px-New_Jersey_State_HouseTRENTON — Lawmakers who want to override Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a marriage equality bill are moving closer to winning the number of votes they’ll need.

Supporters of the bill believe that the state Senate will vote to overturn the veto, but are still seeking votes in the Assembly.

Four Assemblymembers, including two Republicans, indicated support for the override effort in recent days.

Monmouth County Republican Declan O’Scanlon and Bergan County Republican Holly Schepisi both missed last year’s vote on the bill, but said they would vote for the override.

Camden Democrat Gabriela Mosquera, who was not a legislator at the time of the original vote, said that she would also vote for the override. And Hamilton Democrat Wayne DeAngelo indicated that he may support the override efforts, but he is continuing to listen to his constituents who are split on the issue.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to invalidate a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act has spurred a renewed effort for marriage equality in New Jersey.

A state Superior Court judge listened to arguments alleging that New Jersey’s civil union law fails to provide benefits equal to those allowed by marriage, and a ruling is possible before the Legislature votes.

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