If you ask the proponents, then yes.
Last week Iowa’s Supreme Court legalizes marriage, then Vermont’s legislature overides a Governor veto, becoming the first state to approve gay marriage legislative. So now It’s legal in four states including Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Where is NJ? Civil Unions are legal, but late last year a government-appointed commission determined that that is not quite good enough.
aha. There is a bill. It’s bottled up in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Spoke to the sponsor, Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D) Bergen, and she says she is optimistic it will come up for a vote and be approved before 2009 is behind us. Governor has said he would sign it. Senate Prez Dick Codey issued a statement in December that was sorta lukewarm on the issue. Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts seems more open to the idea.
So…will that bill ever get a hearing? I couldn’t reach Judiciary Cmt. Chairman Paul Sarlo who is out of town for Easter. But the conventional wisdom on this is “yes.” However, it will be voted on after the November election during the lame duck session.
I asked Weinberg whether Corzine would prefer to not be faced with approving gay marriage before he stands for re-election against a potentially tough Republican opponent Chris Christie who opposes it. She said that probably goes more for the legislature…The Assembly is up for re-election this year too.
Looking forward to how everyone handles this one. In theory Democrats are in favor, but john q. public just may not be there yet. The emerging consensus at least amongst the younger generation is that they simply don’t care. They may not overtly support it…but they certainly don’t feel strongly enough to oppose it. And by the way…that is tantamount to supporting it.
Meantime, the National Organization for Marriage ( a group I had previously never heard of ) has begun running ads in NJ, NY, NH and PA opposing gay marriage. Supporters say they are sensing it may be inevitable in some of these more liberal northeastern and mid-atlantic states. See ad below: