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Same Sex Marriage in New Jersey – How Would You Vote? [POLL]

Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) react after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) react after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


I asked the question a month ago
, so I guess it’s time to take the temperature of the voters again.

That is, would you vote yes or no to same-sex marriage if it were put on the ballot in New Jersey.

Especially since there are those who still seek to go the legislative route.

For instance, there’s a move on in Union County, where the freeholders there are urging the Legislature to override the Governor’s veto on same-sex marriage.

As far as that goes, I think you have a lousier chance than seeing a snowflake in hell.

The Governor has said over and over that his religious beliefs define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, blah blah blah.

Which I read to be, “I’m running for President in 2016 and have to get past the conservative wing of my party, so what do you expect me to say?”

Again, that’s just me!

But one has to wonder what the freeholders of Union County are trying to prove; as well as the members of the Legislature who also would like to accomplish the same thing.

Would it be to try and take some of the wind out the sails of the Governor who, unless you live under a rock and haven’t heard the news, should win November’s election hands by a very wide margin?

The best way to accomplish to goal of achieving passage of same sex marriage in New Jersey, despite the long held belief that the general public should never vote for the rights of a selected minority, would be to put it on the November ballot.

Especially given the recent polls showing widespread support for same sex marriage.
According to this:
The all-Democratic (Union County board of Freeholders) adopted a resolution this week urging members of the Legislature to overturn Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of Senate and Assembly bills that would have legalized gay marriage.

Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, who introduced the board-sponsored resolution, said he hoped the board’s action would spur freeholders in other counties to pass similar declarations and build momentum and ultimately encourage state legislators to override.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Mirabella said after Thursday’s meeting.

“It’s a basic civil right. All individuals in New Jersey who want to get married should have that right.”

The governor swiftly vetoed a same-sex marriage bill that cleared both the Assembly and Senate in Feb. 2012, proposing that a referendum be held on the issue. Legislators have until January to override Christie’s veto.

It is widely thought that 10 votes from the Assembly and three from the Senate are still needed to override. But after the U.S. Supreme Court’s invalidation of the Defense of Marriage Act last month, gay marriage advocates, including Garden State Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, redoubled their efforts in the hopes of securing those votes and ultimate passage.

Although State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), who attended the meeting and spoke in favor of the resolution, said garnering enough votes in both houses to override the governor’s veto could prove difficult, he thinks the state’s high court might have the last say on the matter.

“Christie has such a headlock on all the Republicans it’s difficult to break that stranglehold, even on issues of conscience,” he said. “I actually think the New Jersey Supreme Court will get the Legislature and Gov. Christie off the hook and rule that New Jersey’s civil union law is , unconstitutional and that gay couples have the right to marriage.”

Question: How long will the New Jersey Supreme Court take to act on the issue of same-sex marriage? And, again, how good are the chances of overriding the Governor’s veto of allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

Give that, and given that the best way to pass same-sex marriage here, in my opinion ,would be to put it to the voters of the state; how would you vote?

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