State Senate passes gay marriage bill

TRENTON - The state Senate has passed a measure recognizing gay marriage.

Today's 24-16 vote was the first time either chamber of the state Legislature has passed such a bill. A previous Senate measure failed back in January of 2010, the only other time gay marriage has come up for a vote in New Jersey.

The bill will now go before the Assembly for a vote on Thursday.

Gov. Chris Christie says he'll veto the bill if it comes to his desk, giving proponents nearly two years to try to muster enough votes to override it.

Christie's pushing for a public vote on whether to allow gay marriage. But supporters say it's not right to put a civil rights issue on the ballot.

The vote comes on the heels of another significant win for gay marriage advocates: Washington state just became the seventh state in the country to approve same-sex marriage.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

From left to right: New Jersey State Trooper 1 New Jersey state troopers help deliver baby on I-287
2 VIDEO: Brooklyn Botanic Garden to host annual Sakura Matsuri Festival
The Pascack Valley High School girls lacrosse team 3 HS lacrosse team 'adopts' 8-year-old fighting brain cancer
An Amtrak power problem in one of the 4 More headaches for LIRR riders after Amtrak power problem
Tamaj Lemmon has been charged with the murder 5 Arrest made in fatal weekend shooting in Paterson

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.