47 Percent Of New Jersey Residents Support Marriage Equality

A new survey from Public Policy Polling finds that 47 percent of voters want to “legalize marriage between same-sex partners, while 42 percent wanted to keep it illegal.” New Jersey has allowed gay couples to enter civil unions since 2006, but has yet to achieve marriage equality. An attempt to legalize it failed in the Legislature last year and Gov. Chris Christie (R) recently reiterated his position on the issue, saying, “I believe we can have civil unions that can help to give the same type of legal rights to same-sex couples that marriage gives them.” New Jersey passed civil unions legislation in 2006.” Meanwhile, Garden State Equality, the state’s a gay rights organization, has “filed a lawsuit last month asking state courts to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.”