In a move that supporters called a milestone for civil rights, the State Senate in New Jersey passed a bill to recognize same-sex marriages, a move that Governor Chris Christie has promised to veto, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, the vote was 24 to 16 in favor of the bill, a major swing from the 20 to 14 defeat of similar legislation that occurred in January 2010.
Despite the passage of the bill by the State Senate, opponents noted that it was an exercise in futility due to Christie’s veto vow. Len Deo, president of New Jersey Family Policy Council, called the vote “something we have to go through” and noted it would be made a moot point after it reaches the governor’s desk.
According to Bloomberg, Christie opposes same-sex marriage and wants voters to decide the issue in a referendum. New Jersey is one of six States that is currently mulling over the issue, as Washington, Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina and Minnesota have all seen legislation related to gay marriage come through their State governments.