December 9th, 2009
09:46 AM ET
7 months ago

The 'Boss' backs same-sex marriage in New Jersey

A gay marriage bill that's up for a crucial vote Thursday in New Jersey has the backing of 'the Boss.'
A gay marriage bill that's up for a crucial vote Thursday in New Jersey has the backing of 'the Boss.'

(CNN) – A gay marriage bill that's up for a crucial vote Thursday in New Jersey has the backing of "the Boss."

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen say he supports the legislation, which would legalize same sex marriages in the Garden State. On his Web site, the New Jersey born Springsteen says he's "always spoken out for the rights of same-sex couples," adding that he urges "those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now."

The New Jersey state Senate is expected to vote on the bill Thursday. It passed through the state Senate's Judiciary Committee earlier this week by one vote. Democrats concede the measure may fall short of the 21 votes needed to pass the state Senate. The state Assembly hasn't considered the bill yet.

The timing is important since Republican Gov.-elect Chris Christie, who takes office next month, says he would veto the bill. The man Christie beat in last month's election, out-going Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, says he would sign the bill if it reaches his desk before he leaves office.

Last week, New York's state Senate defeated a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages. The legislation had already passed the state Assembly. New York Gov. David Paterson said he would have immediately signed the bill if it had made it to his office.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Iowa are currently the only states that legally allow same-sex marriages. Earlier this year, lawmakers in Maine approved legalized gay marriages. But voters in Maine last month passed a referendum to overturn the new law. A vote last week by the District of Columbia's city council moved Washington, D.C. one step closer to legalizing same sex marriages.

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Filed under: New Jersey • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. chris wells

    Who cares what the "Boss" thinks? Why is this news? With everything going on in the world - CNN is paying someone in a cubicle to insert this garbage into their website.

    December 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Bluebonnet

    Ah, another celebrity that thinks he's God!

    December 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. noble of the Boss

    interesting that 500 years ago during Michelango's time this was not a big thing, but at the turn of the century just after Michelango's time same sex couple's status started to change

    Are we in some kind of 500 year cycle with respect to recognizing same sex couples?

    December 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Steph

    I now like The Boss even more!

    December 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. gt

    the boss??? who gives a crap what he thinks,,,, he went out with leisure suits and plaid pants,,,, another stupid move by corzine ,,no wonder he lost...the voters will over turn it anyway and the starte will pick up the cost,,, ,,,,ugh,,,

    December 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Bob in Pa

    The question is... Do we really care what Entertainers think ? Somehow when they get famous they somehow feel their thoughts and feelings are more relevant than the average persons and the media feels compelled to print them.

    December 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Boomer

    Yup. Give him a guitar, make him famous with his music, and he knows what's good for the people of New Jersey. Hey, what about the opinions of Clarence Clemons and Steve Van Zandt? And that Cake Boss guy too. Aren't they famous, which makes them know what's good for all of New Jersey, especially the kids and their kids?

    December 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. The decent thing to do

    If you don't like gay marriage don't have one. Good for Bruce for standing up for what's right.

    December 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Tom in Delaware

    Here's an idea...why not let the people of New Jersey vote on it so that they can be the 33rd state in a row (out of 33) to vote down Gay Marriage...what a concept, letting the people themselves decide!

    December 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Bill

    Thank you, Bruce. Thank you.

    December 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Enough

    Oh who cares, what this washed up Liberal rock singer thinks. Didn't CNN already waste space on him earlier this week?? when will everyone figure out Hollywood elite type do not influence thinking peoples decisions. If anything I always vote opposite of whatever they endorse.

    December 9, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. RichP the Pocono's

    Amazing, earth shattering, an entertainers opinion matters ?

    December 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Pee Wee

    Ooooooh! "The (geographically challenged) Boss" weighs in, I guess the "science is settled" now.

    This is what passes for news?

    Rock legend Bruce Springsteen say he supports the legislation

    Who aksed him the quession?

    December 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Ed Tallahassee

    How can you argue with The Boss?

    December 9, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Joe Mustich, JP

    Kudos to Bruce Springsteen for supporting marriage equality in NJ, and kudos to CT where we just celebrated the one year anniversary of our marriage equality law. on 11/12.

    And congrats to all the couples who are coming to CT to wed from all across the country, many of whom have been together for 20, 30 and 40 uears.

    Onward to equality,
    Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Washington, Connecticut, USA.

    December 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Silence Dogoode

    Ah Bruce, but I do see that altho you make your $$$$ from us Americans, I have yet to see you play for the troops. To you USA means a great song title and $$$$.

    Now you are championing same sex marriage....you who have such a low opinion of marriage to be caught on a balcony with your mistress in your underwear....a bit hypocritcal aren't you? I know you made an honest woman of her...but you are the last person one should look to about marriage.

    December 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Barbara Independent in NY

    Maybe the people in New Jersey can do what the people in New York couldn't do–get their state government to vote to support the civil rights of all people. Thank you Bruce!

    December 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. SocialismBad

    Who cares what a washed up old rocker thinks about anything? Sticking your foot into controversial topics like this is a loser for these people. Smarten up Bruce.

    December 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. frank tx

    bruce lost my respect

    December 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Sniffit

    May have the backing of the Boss and some lib legislators, but surely NOT the majority of the state. THIS is what passes for 'news' on CNN, haha! How about covering the economic DESTRUCTION the EPA is proposing on this greenhouse gas fiasco. Gov't quasi-scientsists and power hungry libs will kill this country as we know it.

    December 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Fitz in Texas

    CNN why on earth would even cover a story with this flake and completely ignore the story regarding the unjust charges against these Navy SEALS. I would much rather read a story on these HEROES than some flake star.

    December 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. PG

    You are the Boss, Bruce. Thanks for fighting for equal rights.

    December 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. John

    who cares if the " Boss" supports Gay marriage
    he is one man as i am
    Is his opinion worth more than mine or anyone else?
    We have to get away from Celebrity adoration

    December 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    But in the republican America, not all will have equal rights.

    December 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Darryl Gaines

    Why is this a surprise? He is an intelligent man and anyone with half a brain knows that it is FAIR ...EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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