By now, the realization seems to have set in that gay marriage is doomed. Not forever, but getting it done legislatively during lame duck appears overly optimistic.
The Assembly Judiciary Committee where presumably the bill would be heard is an odd configuration. To begin with there are six members. Four Democrats and two Republicans. However, one of those Democrats Peter Barnes is said to be a “no” vote. That would end up in a three three tie. Now, Joe Roberts can bypass the committee and bring the bill directly to the floor of the Assembly but he has not given ( me, at least ) any indication that he will do that. And it appears as though the votes just aren’t there in the full Assembly either.
Senator Loretta Weinberg said during a taping of NJN’s On The Record that when bypassing the full Senate earlier this month, the intention was to have a second hearing. That would put the spotlight on the issue again and allow those who are both pro and con to be heard. So, maybe that was the goal and maybe the Judiciary Committee would simply hold a hearing then not vote. But no matter how you look at it, there does not appear to be a clear path to victory for those who were hoping to get a bill passed and signed before Corzine leaves office.