N.J. Senator Regrets Vote Against Marriage Equality

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com June 20 2011 6:40 PM ET

A New Jersey state senator said he now regrets voting against marriage equality last year.

Senate president Stephen Sweeney said his vote against marriage equality was the "biggest mistake" of his political career, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. The Democrat made the remarks after a floor speech regarding a bill that could overhaul state workers' pensions and health insurance. He compared the political calculation of this bill to last year's consideration of marriage equality, adding that he would no longer decide how to vote based on political gains.

"I made a decision purely based on political calculation to not vote for marriage equality," he said, according to the Star-Ledger.  "I failed in my responsibility as majority leader to actually lead. I was wrong."