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Democrats in New Jersey trying to override gay marriage veto by Governor Chris Christie

Democrats in New Jersey trying to override gay marriage veto by Governor Chris Christie

With gay marriage now legal in 13 US states, Democratic leaders in the New Jersey State Senate hope it’s not too late for the Garden State to have marriage equality this year.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he plans to hold a vote to try and override Governor Chris Christie veto in February of same-sex marriage legislation passed by the Senate and Assembly.

Civil unions between same-sex couples are legal in the state but not marriage.

‘People are being denied their rights over a simple word,’ Sweeney told the New Jersey Star-Ledger this week. It’s a word.’

‘We’ve got to get beyond this,’ he added. ‘This is embarrassing, that people who love each other have to beg us and our colleagues from the Republican side of the aisle to do the right thing.’

The bill passed 24-16 in the Senate and 42-33 in the Assembly. To successfully reach the required two-third majority and override the veto, Democrats need three additional votes in the Senate and 12 more in the Assembly.

Christie has urged supporters to instead put the issue to the voters.

Polling released in March found that 57 percent of New Jersey voters support same-sex marriage and that 67 percent favor putting it to a popular vote.