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State Senate Approves Bill Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Gov. Christie has vowed to veto any bill allowing same-sex marriage

The New Jersey State Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in a 24-16 vote today, NJ.com reports

Sen. Gerry Cardinale (R-Cresskill) spoke out against the bill during today's debate, the NJ.com report says. 

"The essential characteristic of a marriage, the very definition of the term, is it involves at least one male and one female,” he is quoted as saying. “Do not break with thousands of years of civilized tradition. This bill opens Pandora’s box.”

"It is amazing that this extremely controversial bill is the top priority of our legislative leadership, while our taxes are the highest in the country and unemployment ravages," Cardinale said in a statement. 

Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes same-sex marriage, has said the decision should be left to voters through a referendum. Christie has promised a veto of any bill allowing same-sex marriage. 

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows 54 percent of New Jersey voters support same-sex marriage, compared to 35 who don't, Bloomberg.com reports

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) called the state's current civil union law "flawed" and pointed to "vague and undefined" protections for same-sex couples.

"Who are we to say that basic equal rights should be denied to any class of citizen, simply because we’re uncomfortable with the nature of their relationship? The State should not be in the business of legally sanctioning homophobia by conferring separate but equal status to the legal recognition of a union between two people," Weinberg said in remarks released after the vote. 

Politickernj.com offers a breakdown of the senate vote here

The Assembly will take up the bill Thursday.

John57 February 15, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Sorry but our government isn't "based" on the separation of church and state. Unbelievable how Sen. Windbag, Sen. Steve (3 pensions) Sweeney and the democrats aren't concerned with the real issues like property taxes or the bankruptcy of the state by public service worker unions. If the people want this, than put it on the ballot, like Christy wants. Oh wait, the liberals don't, because it's failed in every state where it's been on the ballot. Remember it's the democrats ie. Washington state,who've forced their will on the people, or a liberal judge in California who also went against the will of the voters to overturn their ban on homosexual marriage. Actually overruled the voters! I don't use the term "gay" because I hated when the meaning of that word was changed. Makes one wonder what other word definitions they'll try to change. Hey I want to marry my brother who works for the state and has great benefits. Should we be allowed? Same thing isn't it? Thank you Chisty for not going against the will of the people!
Lifetime Resident February 15, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I agree put it on a ballet.....polls shows 56 percent of the people are for it....those are just NJ polls...No marrying your brother isn't same as homesexual that's called incest. Comparing the two is ignorant.... Being a racist and using religion to cover it is no excuse. The rhetoric I hear and read over gay rights is the same rhetoric heard during the civil rights movement and during the time of the womens sufferage movement.. What happen to the premise of all men being created equal? Equal rights under the law? It's people like Weinberg who thru out history helped get suffrage for women and for African Americans ... I am neither Democrat,Rrepublican or Liberal...I am an American plain and simple. My religion is Christian and I don't always I agree with them and this is one of the cases I don't. Our government is based on a separation of church...There is no official religion of the US. As far as California, that is not a closed issue is is on the the table and still being decided. If two consenting adults choose to live their lives in a committed and loving relationship, who they help is anyone to tell them they can't? They should be have them same basic rights any straight couple have. I agree with you about taxes and spending being out of control, and I believe the NJ political system is currupt..
Zerosignal_ February 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM
well said... Recent poll said that this issue was last on the list of things that interest the tax payers of NJ. But the clowns make it there priority even though Christie is gonna turn it down. (waste of time!!!!)
Lifetime Resident February 17, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The fact the you just compared gay marriage to incest is the most ignorant statement I have ever heard And yes our government is based on a separation of church and state. When last I checked we had no official US religion, nor do we have churches making political decisions. That's not saying that many religious groups don't have polictial influence, but they do not actual run our government.. Your rhetoric is the same tired old crap that was heard during the civil rights movement, womans suffrage, and even the civil war... racism and bigotry hidden behind religious views is stil racism
John57 February 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Look up the word incest. Now see if it applies to my statement. I'll wait. Nowhere does it state there is consummation.But in your warped mind that's what you assume. Just marrying someone to get benefits and on his pension doesn't involve incest! But if homosexuals can change the definition of the word marriage, why can't everyone else? Opens up a Pandora's box doesn't it? Don't have enough room to list all the things our country is "based" on, but It allows for freedom of religion and can't established one..See the first amendment. Nowhere in the constitution is separation of church and state even listed.. How do you explain Christmas being a National Holiday. Who's ignorant now?

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