New Jersey Democrats are pushing their Republican colleagues to legislate same-sex marriage. Their aim is to pressure moderate Republicans to join them in their effort to override Governor Chris Christie’s gay marriage veto. Democrats in New Jersey require Republican votes to override any of Christie’s vetoes. While some Republicans support gay marriage, they are hesitant to make the attempt to override the governor. Senate President Steve Sweeney, who promised that an override vote would be scheduled, has not said when. No override has been attempted since the governor vetoed a gay marriage bill last year.
Gay rights activists in New Jersey are pursuing court actions simultaneously to win the right for gays and lesbians to marry. New Jersey is among just a few states that recognize civil unions, and give same-sex couples marital benefits, but not full marriage equality. [NBCPhil]