Page-2 | Assembly votes 42 to 33 to legalize gay marriage in New Jersey | State | -- Your State. Your News.

Jul 04th
  • Login
  • Create an account
  • Search
  • Local Business Deals

Assembly votes 42 to 33 to legalize gay marriage in New Jersey

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Monmouth) said, “This issue evokes strong emotion on both sides and we know the reality of the situation: there are not enough Democrat and Republican votes to override a veto and Governor Christie has consistently said he believes this decision belongs to the people and a majority of New Jersey agrees with him.

Today’s vote provides false hope to people who want to legalize same-sex marriage. We all know the quickest path right now for same-sex marriage is a public vote in November that would immediately make it legal and protected by the Constitution. A majority of New Jersey, including those who have opposite opinions on this issue, share a common belief that this should be decided by public referendum, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released this week. Unlike other states, here in New Jersey, our question is for voters to affirmatively approve, not ban gay marriage. Let’s put this on the ballot and give people the right to decide how New Jersey defines marriage.”

Washington State enacting marriage equality on Monday becoming the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The bill also includes another religious exemption stating that no religious society, institution or organization in this state serving a particular faith or denomination shall be compelled to provide space, services, advantages, goods or privileges related to the solemnization, celebration or promotion of marriage if such solemnization, celebration or promotion of marriage is in violation of the beliefs of such religious society, institution or organization.

The measure also states that no civil claim or cause of action against any religious society, institution or organization, or any employee thereof, shall arise out of any refusal to provide space, services, advantages, goods or privileges.

Under the bill, partners who have previously established a civil union may apply for a marriage license and would receive the license immediately, without the usual 72-hour waiting period between application for, and issuance of, the license. The usual fees for a marriage license would apply to same sex couples.

The bill would take effect on the 60th day following enactment.

The measure is also sponsored by Assembly members Connie Wagner (D-Bergen), Mila Jasey (D-Essex), John McKeon (D-Essex), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) Jason O’Donnell (D-Hudson), John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), and Timothy Eustace (D-Bergen).

Comments (1)
1 Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:14
Let's all be Waterford Crystal clear about what's really going on here: The fate of New Jersey... and the earth... hang in the balance. As a matter of fact, at this very moment, innumerable married gays around the world are committing acts of what I have taken to calling “homoterrorism”.

It's true. And The Department of Homeland Security had better beef up their staffing and be on the lookout for same-sex love acts calculated to destroy Traditional Marriage. Or else.

For example, if a large number of lesbians were to hug one another, it could cause the collapse of the Greek economy. (See. I told you.). A sufficient volume of men kissing other men could end with Michelle Bachman losing the GOP nomination. In terms of US national security, we clearly have a "fuchsia-level" alert situation (which is super-high). Make no mistake; it won't be easy. These homoterrorists have gotten pretty smart and learned how to blend in with normal people.

To educate yourself more fully on this topic, please visit

Add your comment

Your name:

Follow/join us

Twitter: njnewsroom Linked In Group: 2483509