Same-sex couples in New Jersey will not be fist-pumpin' like champs today, because last night their state Senate voted down a proposal that would have allowed them the right of civil marriage. This means they'll have to continue introducing the people they're spending the rest of their lives with as "my civil union partner under @!&$@^# state law"…
After months of intense lobbying and hours of emotional debate, lawmakers voted 20 to 14 against the bill, bringing tears from some advocates who packed the Senate chambers and rousing applause from opponents of the measure, who also came out in force. The vote ends the effort to win legislative approval of the measure, and sets the stage for a new battle before the New Jersey Supreme Court. [...]
[Republican] Senator Gerald Cardinale said that although the civil unions statute was flawed, the state would be doing "violence" to the institution of marriage by changing its current definition as a union between one man and one woman.
"There are many who believe that this bill will change our entire culture," he said, shortly before casting his "no" vote.
Well, that's a fair point. I'd certainly hate to see New Jersey's culture change in any way.
Tags: Civil Rights, LGBT, Marriage Equality, New Jersey