New Jersey’s fight over gay marriage was cast as a debate over civil rights and a new chapter in America’s culture wars. But Thursday’s state Senate defeat of the controversial bill, considered a “slam dunk” to pass just a few months ago, also was a simple case of what happens in the bare-knuckle world of New Jersey politics.
Supporters and opponents said everything changed when Gov. Jon Corzine lost to Republican Chris Christie on Election Day. “A chilling effect,” said Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden).
What happened on the way to Thursday’s vote is also a tale of turnabout in a Legislature where personality conflicts, political intrigue and religious beliefs trumped what advocates called a “vote of conscience.”
Full Story from NJ.com: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/gay_marriage_in_new_jersey_onc.html
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