Marriage equality fight continues in New Jersey, advocates say

Democrats may renew efforts to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a gay marriage bill following SCOTUS victory

By Katie McDonough

Published June 26, 2013 6:05PM (EDT)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie        (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora celebrated Wednesday decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 by urging his colleagues in the legislature to make equal marriage a reality in his home state:

"Now that DOMA has been declared invalid by the U.S. Supreme Court, New Jersey should no longer discriminate by upholding civil unions and instead, grant full marriage which is now confirmed by our federal government," Gusciora told the Express-Times.

Adding: "As for Prop 8, we congratulate California on becoming the next state to recognize marriage equality. I look forward in joining them."

New Jersey allows gay couples to enter into civil unions, but Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a measure to legalize gay marriage in the state last year.

But state Democrats may renew efforts to override the veto in the wake of the Wednesday SCOTUS decisions, as Cusciora told the Express-Times: "Notwithstanding, we still need to correct our own inequality here in New Jersey by either the governor withdrawing his veto on marriage equality or by placing the matter up to the voters so we can correct this ourselves," Gusciora said.


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