Monday, 20 February 2012 18:40

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Gay marriage Law

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Gov Chris Christie

As he had announced, the Governor vetoes the law allowing gay marriage in New Jersey.

Whereas the law recently passed the Senate and the House, Governor Chris Christie has refused to sign it.

He said: "I think this is not an issue that should rest solely in my hands, or the hands of the Senate President or the Speaker or the other 118 members of the Legislature. Let's let the people of New Jersey decide what is right for the state."

In a statement, acting president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Mike Thompson said: "Today, Governor Christie abandoned a majority of New Jersey voters, as well as the officials elected to represent them, who believe that every committed couple should be able to marry the person they love.

"As public support for marriage equality continues to grow, however, we are hopeful that the state legislature will continue its work to provide loving gay and lesbian couples with the vital protections that only marriage can afford."

It would seem that this veto could be override by the lawmakers but it will be necessary to find republicans in favor of the equality. In the senate, one will need 27 votes and in the Assembly, 54. The law passed the Senate with 24 votes so it would need only 3 other votes and in the Assembly, the law passed with 42 votes, 12 more votes will be necessary.

 

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