Gay Marriage Bill Dies in NJ Senate

Measure defeated 20-14; incoming governor promised veto
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 7, 2010 6:31 PM CST
Supporters of gay marriage react in the gallery of the New Jersey Statehouse as the senate rejected a bill that would have legalized gay marriage.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – New Jersey's state senate today defeated a bill to legalize gay marriage, leaving it unlikely the state will have a gay marriage law in the very near future. The bill needed 21 votes to pass, but was defeated 20-14. Gay-rights advocates had pushed hard to get the bill passed before Jan. 19, when Republican Chris Christie becomes governor. Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine promised to sign the bill; Christie has said he would veto it.

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