Gay Marriage Legislation Stalls In New York And New Jersey
December 4, 2009 by Special To Personal Liberty
In the wake of Maine’s recent repeal of same-sex marriage laws, legislatures in New York and New Jersey have stalled on the issue, and the long expected votes to legalize gay marriage in both states have been postponed.
Although the two states have Democratic governors who are eager to sign bills legalizing gay marriage, it is not clear if the legislation will ever get to their desk.
Earlier this month, the New York State Senate failed to vote on a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed. Advocates and opponents of the legislation said that the Senate lacked the necessary votes to pass the measure, The Huffington Post reports.
This shift in momentum comes after New York’s highest court recently ruled that gay couples married elsewhere are entitled to some government benefits.
A similar situation exists in New Jersey where supporters of gay marriage are fighting hard to pass the legislation before Republican Governor Chris Christie, who promises to veto the bill, takes office in January.
"If they are unable to pass gay marriage in New York and New Jersey, combined with the loss in Maine, it will confirm that gay marriage is not the inevitable wave of the future," said Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which mobilizes the fight against same-sex marriage, quoted by the Associated Press(AP).
However, Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, stated that "in any civil rights struggle there are going to be periods of creeping and periods of leaping."
As of this posting, there are no votes planned in either state.