The New Jersey Senate is deferring tomorrow (Thursday's) vote on the marriage equality bill at the request of bill sponsors Senators Loretta Weinberg and Raymond Lesniak.

  • danisnotstr8

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    Dec 09, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    From Garden State Equality:

    URGENT: The New Jersey Senate is deferring tomorrow (Thursday's) vote on the marriage equality bill at the request of bill sponsors Senators Loretta Weinberg and Raymond Lesniak.
    Garden State Equality SUPPORTS this development. Press contact: Steven Goldstein, cell (917) 449-8918
    MEMBERS: As planned, we are still meeting in Trenton tomorrow at 9:30 am for what will now be a lobby day. Please join us. Again, that's tomorrow, Thursday, December 10th at 9:30 am at our Trenton office, 110 West State Street. Please forward this email to all your friends, list servs and Facebook groups.
    Senators Weinberg and Lesniak want to give the Assembly a chance to weigh in, beginning with an Assembly hearing. Senators Weinberg and Lesniak also believe, correctly so, that the more than 150 people who wanted to testify at this past Monday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, but could not because the hearing ran eight hours long, should have a chance to testify before the legislature.
    Below is the statement from the prime sponsor of the marriage equality bill, Senator Loretta Weinberg.
    This afternoon, Senator Ray Lesniak and I requested that Senate President Richard J. Codey hold Senate Bill 1967. We also requested that Speaker Joseph Roberts schedule a meeting for the Assembly Judiciary Committee on A2978, popularly known as the Freedom of Religion and Equality in Civil Marriage Act.
    In light of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s historic passage of S1967, Senator Lesniak and I believe that the public needs another opportunity to engage legislators on this issue. Moreover, the Senate committee has substantially amended its version to include sweeping, additional protections for religious institutions. We believe that members of the public need to be afforded an additional opportunity to debate this new provision as well.
    Tuesday’s Senate hearing was extraordinary. Hundreds of citizens lined up outside the committee chambers to offer testimony on behalf of, and in opposition to, the proposed legislation. Under the leadership of Chairman Sarlo, who conducted one of the most thoughtful and fair-minded hearings in which either of us has ever participated, the committee spent seven hours hearing from scores of New Jerseyans. We had to turn away another 150 witnesses for want of time. In addition to the committee hearing, thousands of citizens, and dozens of religious and secular organizations, have engaged our members in a thoughtful and productive dialogue on marriage equality.
    Accordingly, as sponsors of S1967, we asked Senator Codey to postpone full Senate consideration of the Marriage Equality Act until the Assembly Speaker has an opportunity to review scheduling the Assembly Judiciary Committee for a hearing.
    We thank Senator Codey for his leadership. Marriage equality is a difficult and challenging question for members from both sides of the aisle. Throughout this debate, he has been balanced and evenhanded in his treatment of all Senators. For this, he has our deepest gratitude. #


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    Dec 10, 2009 11:26 AM GMT
    They don't have the votes. NJ is as flat earth as NY.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Dec 10, 2009 12:29 PM GMT
    I'm not sure I understand the reason for the delay. If they don't have the votes today, how do they plan on acquiring the votes in the next couple weeks?
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    Dec 10, 2009 1:04 PM GMT
    Sexual favors.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 12, 2009 9:14 PM GMT
    It appears that the New Jersey senate is quietly cowering to the demands of the narrow-minded religious right wing by delaying this vote on marriage equality. Hopefully the opponents to this bill are ignored and the senate mans up by voting in favor of marriage equality and shows the rest of the nation how to do it.
  • styrgan

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    Dec 12, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    McGay saidThey don't have the votes. NJ is as flat earth as NY.


    Time will heal all wounds...
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 12, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
    Hopefully this delay by the state senate will enable them to debate this issue and obtain the necessary yes votes and make gay marriage the law of the land in New Jersey. Lets just hope that this is the reason.