(TRENTON, N.J.) — New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that will legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
Governor Chris Christie has promised to veto the bill, which passed in the Democratic-controlled state assembly by a 42-33 vote. Republican legislators in New Jersey would like to see the state’s voters decide the issue.
But with the likely possibility of Christie’s veto and a November referendum, it seems this is just the beginning for the battle over gay marriage in the state.
Christie has 45 days to veto the bill. Democrats will then have just under two years to override the veto by gathering the necessary two-thirds majority.
The bill passed Thursday would make New Jersey the eighth state to recognize same-sex marriage.
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