Key Senate Democrats are moving forward with a plan to turn a court decision legalizing gay marriage into state law, saying they want to protect same-sex couples from having this right removed by a future court. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday is scheduled to hear a new bill called the Marriage Equality Act, (S3109) which is a slightly modified version of a bill (S1) to legalize gay marriage that Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed in 2012. The measure was posted for a committee vote late today. Sponsors said while they believe this is the best option, the debate isn’t over.
The proposed bill does have a religious exemption, which does not exist in New Jersey under the current arrangement. I also wonder if Governor Christie would sign the bill.