N.J. To’eiva Marriage Bill Will Go To Vote-Full Senate To Vote On Bill Next Thursday

jews4moralityTo’eiva┬árights activists and a leading state senator in New Jersey say a bill allowing same-gender marriages will be posted for a vote. Sen. Ray Lesniak, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the bill is scheduled to go before that committee on Monday and will be voted on by the full Senate next Thursday. Garden State lawmakers have been reluctant to post the bill for a vote unless they were fairly certain it would pass. Both houses of the Legislature must pass it before it goes to the governor. Outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine has said he would sign it. Incoming Gov. Chris Christie says he would veto it.

Lawmakers in New York on Wednesday rejected a same-gender marriage bill.

New Jersey currently has a civil unions law. AP.

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  1. The problem, as I see it, is that the religious ceremony and the civil contract use the same word – ‘marriage’. The government should not be using a religious term – – ‘marriage’ – to describe a civil contract between two consenting adults.

    In the eyes of the government, ‘marriage’ is a contract between two consenting adults. The government does not care, nor should it, if this contract was agreed upon at the office of Justice of the Peace, or at St. Patrick’s Cathedral or in a Jewish Temple.

    If Bob & Mary can go to the Justice of the peace to get ‘married’ (a civil contract), why can’t Bob & Steve?

    By letting heterosexual couples get ‘married’ and homosexual couples have a ‘civil union’ it reeks of ‘separate but equal’ – and I think we all know how that worked out for other civil rights.

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