Two republicans, Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington) voted yes on the bill.
“We have some among us who are separate and not equal,” Beck said.
The bills passage elicited a round of applause from those in the audience wearing blue in support of the bill, which Gov. Chris Christie has promised to veto. Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union), a co-sponsor, raised his arm in victory and said “Yes!”
Two Democrats, Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) and Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), voted no.
The 24 votes in favor of the bill leaves supporters three votes short of the 27 votes they would need to override Christie’s veto.Marriage equality will be considered by the New Jersey Assembly on Thursday.
9 January 2012, Original Pedantic Political Ponderings post.
25 January 2012, FollowUp 1.
26 January 2012, FollowUp 2.
28 January 2012, FollowUp 3.
30 January 2012, FollowUp 4.
31 January 2012, FollowUp 5.
3 February 2012, FollowUp 6.
10 February 2012, FollowUp 7.
18 February 2012, FollowUp 9.
21 February 2012, FollowUp 10.