January 5th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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New Jersey state Senate to vote Thursday on same-sex marriage

(CNN) - The New Jersey state Senate will vote Thursday on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, the senate president said.

Senate President Richard J. Codey, a Democrat, has scheduled the vote for 2 p.m. Thursday, according to a Tuesday statement from his office.

"Given the intensely personal nature of this issue, I think the people of this state deserve the right to a formal debate on the Senate floor," he said.

The bill would likely need to pass both of New Jersey's legislative bodies - the Senate and the Assembly - soon to become law, as Republican Gov.-elect Chris Christie, who takes office January 19, has said he would veto it. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine has vowed to sign it.

Last month, the Marriage Equality Act's sponsors, Democratic Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Raymond Lesniak, asked that the Senate vote on the bill be delayed, in hopes that the Assembly would begin considering it, Weinberg said.

However, the Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts said last week that he would only call a vote if the Senate voted first, according to The New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Afterward, Lesniak and Weinberg asked Codey to schedule a vote, the newspaper said.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, Massachusetts, and, as of last week, New Hampshire.

Also, District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty signed a measure last month recognizing such marriages as legal.

The measure is now under congressional review, but it's considered unlikely that the Democratic majority on Capitol Hill would block the bill. By law, Congress has the right to review and overturn laws created by the District of Columbia's city council.

Also last year, Maine voters overturned in November a law legalizing same-sex marriage, and New York's state Senate voted down in December a similar bill.


Filed under: New Jersey • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Art

    Why are we spending so much time on something for 5% of the population?

    January 5, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Obama = WORST president EVER

    Oh, yes...this is so important with New Jersey in the economic mess that it's in....unemployment is through the roof...property taxes out of control....and, in response, NJ Dems want to force Gay Marriage on residents....great job, Democrats. Keep it up – you'll be joining Corzine in unemployment.

    January 5, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Just vote to approve it. That way you can save taxpayer money by avoiding the Constitutional challenge that you will surely get, and lose.

    January 5, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I knew about gay marriage in D.C, that seemed inevitable but New Jersey? That's a tough one and I agree. They should debate it and have a nice, content, constructive view on it, instead of an objective one.

    While it is true, Congress can review and make any changes in D.C but in Jersey? If I had to predict, I'd say no.

    Sorry but is not the time yet.

    January 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Dimslie

    Democrats just can't help themselves. If the people are against something, the Dims see it as their life's mission to force it on them anyway. Next November, they'll be trying to figure out why they got their clocks cleaned. At least no one can accuse them of watching the polls.

    January 5, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Kyle, Virginia

    It's about time the entire country recognizes and accepts gay marriage.

    January 5, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. gt

    corzine. thats why you lost in a democatic state,, you dont listen and you do what you wanted because you were wealthy,, glad you lost ... it is a waste of money becasue it will be vote out by the people anyway,, but new jersey has lots of money to waste ....on lawyers ,,, ugh...

    January 5, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Leslie

    ...and the agenda moves forward.

    January 5, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Boston Guy

    How is same sex marriage being forced on NJ residents. Are they going to make you divorce your spouse and force you to marry someone of the same sex? Some people really don't make any sence at all. It's like hearing from people with a no education at all.

    Can anyone name 1 person that married a same sex person that didn't want too because it was forced on them? Probably not. How many marriages in the world today are forced on the women. I sure don't hear you complaining about that.

    January 5, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Clinton Delegate from California

    Go New Jersey, show the rest of the Nation and the World that you support equality for everyone and it is the right thing to do.

    Why is it that people make such a big deal about two people been happy and want to make a commitment? If they were the ones denied of this right, they would be doing the same thing.

    People that oppose equality for all need get over it and stop being a hypocrate. I am one of the 18,000 couples from California legaly married and I am a life long catholic.

    I do not remember growing up and been teach HATE like they do in churches now, but know one thing, when the end comes for us all we have to answer to one person on judgement day, is GOD.

    Like it or not, we will have equality for all...

    January 5, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Soleil10

    The vote will fail on Thursday. The Homosexual "Lobby" did not buy enough votes yet. They just want to know which democrat they will punish later.
    It is either bribes or black mail.

    Baroni is the only republican voting for it. He is obviously gay. They would out him if he had not voted for them.

    One senator is very sick and one is now the mayor of Camden. They need 20 votes out of 38. Unless they did some more political underhanded buying at the last minute like in Mass or NY, it will not pass.

    Corzine was defeated with a platform on same-sex nuptial. Still the head of the senate Senator Codey is selling us out, the people .
    We cant vote, This is not a democracy and ss nuptial is not a civil right.

    America is bankrupt financially and Morally

    January 5, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. For You, For the US

    I just hope that this is signed into law before Christie takes office. If not, I hope that the New Jersey legislature overrides his veto. If Christie and the others opposed to same-sex marriage are afraid of it, perhaps they have a medical condition, or are uncomfortable/insecure about their own sexual orientations. No one today can give me one way same-sex marriage harms anything.

    January 5, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Soleil10

    I meant to type NH , not NY

    January 5, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. jeff jackson, alabama

    Through human history we have endured
    earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, wild
    fires, volcanic eruptions, several genocides,
    and world wars, pestilence, plagues, droughts,
    and flooding.
    But think about this. If everyone on earth turned
    gay tonight, the entire human race would cease
    to exist in one more generation.
    Homosexuality isn't harmful ???

    January 5, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Mitchell

    What is the issue? No one is asking you to share the same bed are they. It seems to me that some people are way too occupied with other peoples business. If anyone wants to make a legally binding commitment to another human being, then let them.

    January 5, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. SouthPhillyBallz

    C'mon, New Jersey! I grew up there and my family still lives there. Sadly, everything they've done lately has been an embarrassment. GET THIS ONE RIGHT, NJ!

    January 5, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. Fed up

    Let them all marry, will be good for the economy all the hyped up weddings and soon after the divorce lawyers will be thriving...........Careful what you wish for! Why should heterosexuals be the only ones subjected to the misery of marriage?

    January 5, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Abdullah Kreema Wheat

    One more reason for the savages of the ME to desire to behead you. Because you vote in favor of unnatural law? Or because you've forsaken G-ds laws for man's? Or because you're all fearful of retribution from these illegitimate actions / unions?

    January 5, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Sue

    The Democrats are trying to shove all kinds of things on the citizens of New Jersey that they do NOT want--before Christie takes office.

    Besides trying to shove gay marriage down their throats-–they are now also trying to pass in-state tuition for illegals.

    How do I know that the MAJORITY of citizens do NOT want these things???? I kinow, because they sent Corzine to the unemployment line.

    Let's just hope-–that if they pass either of these things-–they are put on the ballot so that the MAJORITY of citizens can vote for what they want/don't want--and they can overturn gay marriage and
    in-state tuition for illegals.

    January 5, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. chuck

    They'd have better chance declaring Jan. 19th a state holiday for all things mafia related. Voting on civil rights goes against the grain of civil rights. To let anyone from New Jersey vote on civil rights is a huge irony. I don't think anyone expects it to pass in this uneducated and goon infested state.

    January 5, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Brian from NJ

    Gay Marriage? Who cares if gays get married. This is ridiculous... we have a Congress and administration that is trying to turn us into France, two wars (for now), skyrocketing unemployment, mountains of debt, states on the verge of default... the list goes on... and our leaders are debating this nonsense? As long as they don't force any institution to marry gays against their doctrine, then who cares? Believe me, NJ has bigger problems than this... Republican Chris Christie is "inheriting" a huge mess from Democrat Jon Corzine!

    January 5, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. GOPBslapper

    Odd how the same Conservatives who preached bringing Freedoms to the Arabs in Iraq , fight at every turn giving Freedoms to Americans. Whether it's Right to die, abortion, gay marrige, Freedom of the Press, etc.....you name it and the GOP wan't to control every aspect of everyones life.

    January 5, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. kyle

    It's funny how Republicans cite the economic mess we are currently in as a priority to gay marriage. There will always be something that stands in the way of equality for gay relationships. If they can't find something to stand in the way, they will make something – like war with Iraq. That little war put American domestic issues back 10 years and we are still paying for it. We got of good look at secular and religious hate from the Iraqi people and instead of learning from it, we adopted it.

    January 5, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. jrzshor

    i just like the way politicians vote on our/my behalf. no one asked me! if they did I'd say NO.

    January 5, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. Linda

    Hooray! I had no idea that New Jersey was such an enlightened state. Good for them and good for all of us!

    January 5, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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