N.J. Governor supports marriage equality

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that Gov. Jon Corzine has quietly promised the gay community that if re-elected, he’ll work with the legislature to pass a gay marriage bill.
Jon Corzine (D) is running for New Jersey Governor
Jon Corzine (D) is running for New Jersey governor

Three years after the passage of civil unions, New Jersey’s governor says it’s now time for New Jersey to move on to marriage equality.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports Gov. Jon Corzine has quietly promised the gay community that if re-elected, he’ll work with the legislature to pass a gay marriage bill.

“I want to be very clear on this,” Corzine said. “I don’t call it gay marriage. I call it marriage equality because I believe that we ought to be treating people under our Constitution here in the state of New Jersey as determined by our courts. There needs to be equal treatment under the law. If it’s lame-duck, or if it doesn’t occur in lame-duck, I’ll push for it in the next year.”

Opponents say the move is a ploy to gain support from the gay community.

When Corzine signed civil unions into New Jersey’s law in 2006, he said he believed marriage is reserved for a man and a woman.

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