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Down To The Wire for Marriage in NJ

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Time is running out for a marriage equality bill in New Jersey after the general assembly's judiciary committee met on Monday without taking up the proposal, The New York Times reports. The setback comes just two weeks after the proposal was stalled in the state Senate, meaning the legislation is now bogged down in both houses.

Marriage advocates have been racing to win legislative approval of the bill before January 19, when Gov. Jon Corzine, who has promised to sign it, is replaced by Governor-elect Christopher Christie, who says he opposes it.

Pro-equality activists are still hopeful, however. More than 150 of them gathered outside the statehouse on Monday, saying that the Democratic legislators who pledged to pass the bill will be held accountable if they fail to do so.

"Either we will be able to march up the aisle and have marriage equality, or we will march across the aisle and have political independence," said Steven Goldstein, head of Garden State Equality.

Read the full Times story here.

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