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article imageSame-sex marriage killed in New Jersey Senate

By KJ Mullins     Jan 8, 2010 in Politics
The New Jersey Senate has rejected a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The final vote was 14 for the bill with 20 against it. The bill needed 21 votes in favor to pass.
Excerpts from New Jersey state Senate debate on same-sex marriage
Governor Jon Corzine was disappointed with the outcome of the vote. Those who are in favor of the bill had been optimistic after Corzine had said he would sign the bill. Philly.com reports:
"Most assuredly, this is an issue of civil rights and civil liberties, the foundation of our state and federal constitutions," Corzine said. "Denying any group of people a fundamental human right because of who they are, or whom they love, is wrong, plain and simple."
The Senate listened to and hour and a half of heated debate for and against same-sex marriage. Speakers on both sides of the issue spoke on the civil rights issue that same-sex marriage would bring to the state.
Advocates for gay marriage are now going to the courts.
NJ.com reports:
"We are not waiting out the term of any new administration to bring equality to same-sex couples in our state," Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay-rights group Garden State Equality said, contending the Legislature "defaulted on its constitutional obligation" to give same-sex couples equal protections.
At this time there are five states in the United States that allow for same-sex marriage: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
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