Democratic leaders in New Jersey are planning to make a bill allowing same-sex marriage the centerpiece of their agenda for 2012, reflecting a key change from two years ago, when a leading Senate Democrat abstained from a vote on the issue.
But the legislation still faces long odds. Unlike two years ago, when there was a Democratic governor ready to sign the bill if the Legislature passed it, this time Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican with national ambitions, is expected to veto it.
While Democrats control the Legislature, they will need votes from Republicans to override any veto. And while they identify some Republicans who they hope will support the legislation, the Democrats acknowledge that overriding a veto is a long shot.
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