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Gay New Jersey Lawmaker Introduces Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Following New York’s lead, New Jersey lawmaker Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D), the state’s only openly gay lawmaker, has introduced a same-sex marriage bill in the legislature:

In New Jersey, it’s the first time a lawmaker has put forward a bill on gay marriage since it was defeated in the state Senate in January 2010 — just before Gov. Chris Christie took office.

Nor is it likely to go much further in New Jersey this time. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, a Democrat, says he’ll sign a measure approving gay marriage, but Christie, a Republican, is not so inclined. Although supporters say they’ve persuaded several New Jersey Democrats who abstained last time to vote yes, that won’t matter unless they can get every Democrat on board and pick off three Republicans to make a veto-proof majority of 27 votes.

Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said the best way to pursue gay marriage is through the courts.

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Christie reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage during a CNN interview on Tuesday, 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.