Will Gay Marriage Ever Be Legal In New Jersey? [AUDIO]
While Delaware has moved one step closer to legalizing gay marriage, the issue remains at a standstill here in New Jersey, much to the dismay of one of the lead supporters of gay marriage, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora.
"It is disappointing that we're at this standstill. Of the nine states that allow full marriage equality, seven of them are in the Northeast," said Gusciora. "We did pass legislation in both of our houses and unfortunately the Governor has spoken with his veto."
"At this point, the only alternative is to take him on his challenge and put it on the ballot for the voters. I think it would be overwhelmingly supported."
Where does the issue stand right now?
The leadership has promised a vote for a veto override, but it's not scheduled.
"I think we should do all of the above," said Gusciora. "We should try for a veto override and we should continue to pursue the issue in the courts. I think this would be an opportunity for New Jersey voters to affirm civil rights, not in a negative way."
On the Ballot?
"It's to allow marriage equality. I think it would be appropriate for the issue to be on the ballot in November."
"Everyone is supportive of people forming relationships out of love. As long as people pay property taxes and are New Jersey citizens, then they should be entitled to the full benefits and recognition of marriage," said Gusciora. "I think it's an important issue for same-sex couples, especially if they adopt children or own property together."
"They should be allowed to have full marriage equality. It doesn't diminish anyone else's marriage, but strengthens the institution of marriage. Polls have proven that the majority of New Jerseyans support full marriage equality in our state."