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February 20, 2012 Print

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

by Karla Dial

As promised, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a same-sex marriage bill Friday, shortly after it was sent to him by the Legislature. But just a few hours later in Maryland, another same-sex marriage bill cleared its only major hurdle, the House of Delegates, with one vote more than it needed.

The Maryland bill will now move on to the state Senate, which passed a similar measure last year. Gov. Martin O’Malley has promised to sign it into law as soon as he receives it. Marriage advocates already are gearing up for a petition drive to put a referendum on the ballot.

Maryland Family Alliance President Derek McCoy said the bill failed last year in the state House, but it was a different story in the Senate.

“We are hopeful that the senators will listen to the voice of their constituents,” he said. “But it did pass the Senate last time. And it’s very much a realistic aspect that it may very well pass again.”.”

In New Jersey, Christie said the only sure thing is for the people to decide the matter for themselves.

“This is the only path to amend our State Constitution and the best way to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage in our state,” he said.

Last week, the New Jersey Family Policy Council was the victim of a cyberattack which derailed its website while the same-sex marriage bill was being considered — preventing the group from providing information to constituents about how to contact their legislators as well as its ability to receive electronic donations. The problem has since been fixed, but if you would like to make a donation to the NJFPC to help cover the cost of repairing the site, please mail a check to 50 Mt. Bethel Rd., Ste. 205, Warren, NJ  07059.