Jersey’s Gay-Marriage Bill Passes First Hurdle

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New Jersey's same-sex-marriage bill will be put to a vote by the full Senate on Thursday after it squeaked through the state's Senate Judiciary Committee by one vote last night. The committee's passage of the bill marked the first time a New Jersey legislative body has approved gay marriage.

Of course, that doesn't matter if the bill can't pass the full Senate, a prospect that's not looking great. Supporters haven't yet secured the 21 votes needed for passage and the bill's opposition has pledged to "be heard in the end." Little is certain in New Jersey's fight for gay marriage, but at least one thing is: Supporters need to hurry up. Chris Christie, a gay-marriage opponent, takes office on January 19.

N.J. Committee Passes Marriage Bill [NYT]