Friday, February 22, 2013

New Jersey Legislators are pushing for a marriage equality veto override by the end of the term

According to PolitickerNJ, Democratic leaders in both the Senate and the Assembly are committed to holding a marriage equality veto override vote before the end of the current legislative term.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, an openly gay lawmaker who sponsored the bill in the Assembly, said he met with both Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald. Both men are committed to putting the bill up for an override.  The bill did not pass in either house with enough votes to override the governor's action, but advocates have been working the phones for a year trying to turn lawmakers in their favor. Pressure from both sides will certainly mount between now and next fall.

The bill passed 24-16 in the Senate and 42-33 in the Assembly.  Therefore, to override we need to pick up three and 12 votes in the Senate and Assembly respectively. Mr. Gusciora is reasonably confident that Mr. Sweeney can whip the necessary votes in the Senate. The Assembly remains problematic with possibly five of the necessary twelve votes swaying towards equality. We have roughly nine months to convince Assembly members that votes for equality are never wrong.
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