Democrats in the New Jersey legislature are calling on Republicans to help them override Governor Christie's veto of gay marriage.
After the U-S Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last week, Christie was asked by radio station 101.5 whether he would allow Republicans to vote their conscience on the issue. He responded bluntly. "You're assuming they're not voting their conscience now, and that's insulting. Dumb question and I'm not answering it beyond that."
But Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, a co-sponsor of the gay marriage bill, says she is certain the governor has kept his party members from voting against him. "I know there are Republican legislators who feel differently from the governor, but don't feel they can vote with their conscience or even what their constitutents want them to vote."
Jasey says constituents in her district in Essex and Morris counties tell her they support gay marriage.
Meanwhile, a group suing to try to force New Jersey to recognize same-sex marriage is planning to file new paperwork saying that last week's Supreme Court ruling on DOMA helped its case.
Seven gay couples in New Jersey had sued, saying that the state's civil unions do not fulfill a state court's requirement that gay couples receive equal treatment to what married couples get. Now, the couples' lawyers are arguing that the state is blocking them from getting federal benefits.
Their motion is expected to be filed today. The state government's reply is due August 2nd. A court hearing is set for August 15th.