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NJ Marriage Advocates Plan Rally


New Jersey advocates plan a last-ditch rally in Trenton today to urge legislative leaders to vote on the marriage equality bill stalled in the state senate and assembly since last month.

The marriage equality bill passed the senate judiciary committee by a narrow 7-6 vote in December, but it awaits a vote by the full senate and assembly. Last week, senate president Dick Codey said the bill could not pass his chamber "in a million years."

The senate has until Thursday to pass the bill in time for it to reach the assembly before Gov. Jon Corzine, who has promised to sign the bill, steps down. Governor-elect Chris Christie, who takes office on January 19, has vowed to veto the bill.

Also on Monday, according to the Associated Press, more than 100 clergy members of 19 faiths and denominations sent an open letter to senate president Codey and assembly speaker Joe Roberts asking them to put the bill to a vote.

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