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NJ Democrats ID Gay Marriage Bill As Top Priority

By Kim Glovas

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — The first bill introduced Monday in the New Jersey Assembly and Senate was a measure to legalize same sex marriage.

Democrats say it is their top priority.

The same-sex marriage proposal went down to defeat two years ago. But Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, says two years has made a great difference for the bill.

“It is completely a different world for marriage equality, in New Jersey and frankly, nationally, than it was just three years ago. It’s hard to believe how fast our civil rights movement is accelerating.”

Goldstein says part of the reason is the support of Senate President Steve Sweeney who voted against the proposal last time.

“I think Steve Sweeney turned around because he is a very, very open-minded guy who actually listens to people, has a big open heart and a big open mind and that’s the difference.”

Governor Christie says he’ll veto the measure. Supporters are hoping to garner two-thirds support in both houses to override the veto.

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  • Hater

    To Another Jean: We’re getting off topic here. I know I’m right and you will never admit you’re wrong. Vote for Romney in November and you will see how quickly things change for the better. Companies are just sitting on bags of money waiting for the opportunity to expand. Twelve years of growth under Republican rule before the Dems took control of congress in 2006 and in less than a year destroyed the economy. Fannie and Freddie’s housing bubble bursting was all Dems. Bush pleaded with them to look into this but the dummies refused. (Google it) Four more years of obama will destroy America as we know it. I have to get back to work now to pay for Dem entitlements. Take care.

  • joseph costa

    Its time to Politicians to look at who is paying there salaries. They are put in political office by the people and the people pay there bills. There religous views are there and are no part of there Civil Work. Stop putting there Religous views before the peoples rights.

  • Another Jean

    To hater – Haven’t you listened to Rick Santorum, and his pledge to annul all gay marriages? Many of the unemployed are very willing to work, so where are your guys “giving” them jobs? Nice fantasy.

    • Hater

      As soon as we repeal the job killing healthcare bull, ease regulations and get the pompous, clueless obamanation out of the white house, the economy will turn around. Contact Harry Reid and ask him why he’s holding up all the Republican jobs bills presented to him in the last few months. That’s not Santorum’s TOP priority. Nice twist though.

      • Another Jean

        What you’re suggesting is exactly what has failed to work for the last ten years. Trickle-down has never worked, even in the Reagan years. The health care bill is a great benefit to people with pre-existing conditions, and to young people in entry-level jobs with no health care coverage. It is not a job-killer. More fantasy.

  • go wine to odumba your leader

    stupid democrats, priority should be feed hungry,get jobs for people, take care of old and homeless.not cater to a small group that wants civil unions and just opens the door to more and more problems.Whose to say a marriage should be limited to 2 people? it could go on and on.

    • Another Jean

      As if the Republicans gave a hoot about taking care of the poor!

      • Hater

        They will give jobs to the poor who are willing to work so they can take care of themselves.

  • Hater

    NJ Democrats ID Gay Marriage Bill As Top Priority. I think they need to get their priorities in order. Typical Dems.

    • Another Jean

      Some of the Republican presidential hopefuls see banning gay marriage as their top priority. Typical Republicans, always opposed to equality.

      • Hater

        No Republican sees this as a top priority. They know the economy is job one. They should be opposed to socialism.

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