"On Monday in the Judiciary Committee, we're going to vote on marriage equality," Lesniak (D-Union) said, while making the announcement to a crowd of gay marriage supporters on the Statehouse steps today.If the bill passes the legislature, it must go to the governor for signature. Outgoing Governor Corzine said he would sign the bill, while incoming Governor Christie said he would veto the measure.
"On Thursday (Dec. 10) the full Senate is going to vote on marriage equality," said Lesniak, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "And God be willing, we'll have 21 votes."
Democratic officials previously said they would not put the legislation to a vote unless they had the support needed to pass it.
About 650 people came here today in support of the bill's passage. At least a dozen same-sex marriage opponents, mainly a group of Orthodox Jews from Lakewood, held a counter protest at the Statehouse.
The New York proposal that died a surprising death by a wide margin in the New York State Senate. That proposal died a bipartisan death as eight Democrats sided with 30 Republicans to kill the bill.
Still, quite a few top tier Democrats have come out in support of the gay marriage bill, including Cory Booker of Newark.