NJ Assembly OK's Gay Marriage; Veto Expected

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A bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey is on its way to Gov. Chris Christie for his signature.

The New Jersey state Assembly passed the bill Thursday in a 42-33 vote.

"This is a vote history will want to know, at the end of the day, what side you were on. Whether it's women's suffrage or ending segregation laws, history will remember those who had the moral courage to do what was right," the bill's sponsor, Democratic Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, said.

But Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber panned the measure as an attack on traditional marriage.

"This bill is really about redefining an important institution of civil society, and that should all give us great pause," Webber said.

"The relationship of marriage is not created by the state. The state doesn't and shouldn't control it," he declared.

Meanwhile, the Republican governor has already promised to veto the bill.

"If the bill comes to my desk, I am vetoing it," Christie said last week. "And I will use every resource that I have at my disposal to make sure that my veto is sustained."

Christie, along with most GOP lawmakers, want gay marriage put to a popular vote.

Originally published on Friday, February 17th.

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