New Jersey defeats gay marriage bill
MSNBCMeanwhile, the national debate over same-sex marriage will take center stage in a California courtroom next week at a federal trial that could ultimately become the landmark case that determines whether gay Americans have a right to marry. The case will decide a challenge to California's gay-marriage ban that was approved by voters in 2008, and the ruling will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. How the high court rules in the case could set the precedent for whether gay marriage becomes legal nationwide.
The gay marriage bill which Jon Corzine had promised to sign into legislation and which the Garden State Equality advocacy group had wanted urgently to pass before Chris Christie's inauguration has died, 7 votes shy of the 21 Senatorial votes it needed to pass.
This defeat follows major defeats in Maine, which repealed gay marriage, and in New York, where it was defeated by 38 state Senators.
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey's state Senate has defeated a bill to legalize gay marriage, leaving it unlikely the state will have a gay marriage law in the very near future.
The bill needed 21 votes to pass; only 14 senators approved the measure Thursday.
Gay-rights advocates had pushed hard to get the bill passed before Jan. 19, when RepublicanChris Christie becomes governor. Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine promised to sign the bill if approved by the Legislature but Christie has said he would veto it.