By Anna Jaffray
The New Jersey Senate passed a gay marriage bill which will go to the house on Thursday and then almost certainly get vetoed by Governor Chris Christie. Christie has promised to veto the same-sex marriage bill, saying the legality of gay marriage should be put to the voters.
A Quinnipiac University poll showed voters would approve the Marriage Equality Act at 52%.
The Senate passed the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act by 24-16 with two Republicans crossing the aisle to vote for the bill, Diane Allen and Jennifer Beck. Two Democrats voted “No,” Ron Rice and Jeff Van Drew.
The Act defines marriage as, “the legally recognized union of two consenting persons in a committed relationship.”
The bill includes exemptions which allow any religious organization or ceremonial process associated with marriage to decide whether it will participate or not.
Although the Assembly needs 27 votes to override the Governor’s veto, advocates of the Marriage Equality Bill remain positive.