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No Consensus Between Democrats on Gay Marriage Bill in NJ

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Jersey State Senate President Richard Codey says even though he supports gay marriage, there may not be enough support in his caucus to bring it to a vote. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Codey, whose acting Governor while Jon Corzine is on vacation, says for Gay Marriage legislation to pass in his chamber, it needs to garner bi-partisan support.

CODEY: There's not unanimous support within the Democratic caucus for it. There's members that will not be voting for it. So clearly there would have to be some Republican votes for it to pass the Senate.

REPORTER: Democrats hold a 23 to 17 majority in the State Senate. Prospects might be better in the Assembly where Democrats hold a 47 to 33 margin. A lame duck session vote is a top priority for gay rights groups who are concerned that if they wait, the measure will be vetoed by incoming Republican Governor Chris Christie, who opposes same sex marriage. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

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