January 8, 2010

DEVIATING FROM DEMOCRACY:

New Jersey Senate Defeats Gay Marriage Bill (DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI, 1/08/10, NY Times)

The State Senate on Thursday rejected a proposal that would have made New Jersey the sixth state in the nation to allow marriages involving same-sex couples. The vote was the latest in a succession of setbacks for advocates of gay marriage across the country.

After months of intense lobbying and hours of emotional debate, lawmakers voted 20 to 14 against the bill, bringing tears from some advocates who packed the Senate chambers and rousing applause from opponents of the measure, who also came out in force. The vote ends the effort to win legislative approval of the measure, and sets the stage for a new battle before the New Jersey Supreme Court.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2010 6:14 AM
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