After over five hours of debate and public testimony, the Judiciary Committee of the New Jersey General Assembly voted 5–2 to advance marriage equality legislation. For Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R), this was her first day and first vote in the Assembly, and she voted “No.” The Senate Judiciary Committee similarly released the bill last Tuesday with an 8–4 vote. Though a majority of New Jersey voters support legalizing same-sex marriage, Gov. Christ Christie has promised to veto the bill if it passes both chambers. A full Senate vote is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13.
New Jersey Assembly Committee Advances Marriage Equality Bill