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Thursday Last Chance for Jersey Marriage Vote


The clock is ticking on a gay marriage vote in New Jersey, and Thursday is the last day the state senate could consider the bill and still get it over to the Assembly in time for it to act.

According to NBC New York: This political "hot potato" was pulled from the Senate's voting agenda in early December when sponsors realized they didn't have the 21 votes needed to get it passed.

"Both Loretta(Weinberg) and I have asked (Codey) to post it for a vote," said State Senator Ray Lesniak(D-Union), referring to his Senate colleague who together are sponsoring a bill that would give gay and lesbian couples full marriage equality.

"It's got maybe 16, if you stretch it 17 votes," said Codey, noting that's far short of the 21 votes needed for passage in the New Jersey State Senate. "It couldn't pass in a million years," he added.

The Assembly's last session day is January 11. Soon after that, Republican Chris Christie will be sworn in as governor, and he has vowed to veto any gay marriage bill during his four years as Chief Executive.

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