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NJ Assemblyman Changes Tune, Now Supports Marriage Equality

On Wednesday, Republican Assemblyman Chris Brown announced his support for marriage equality  saying he would vote to override Governor Chris Christie's marriage  veto.

Brown is the first lawmaker to change his or her “no” vote in 2012 to vote in favor of same-sex marriage if an override is posted for a vote in the coming months.

Last week, the Superior Court of New Jersey ruled that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection under the state constitution. In an effort to appeal the decision, Gov. Chris Christie will seek a stay on the court’s ruling. 

If the stay is granted, marriage equality in Garden State would be postpone from beginning on October 21. 

New Jersey is ready for marriage equality – and today we’re one vote closer to making it a reality. 

New Jersey United for Marriage, of which HRC is a proud partner, has mounted a campaign to secure marriage equality legislatively for all loving and committed couples in New Jersey. 

Whether equality is achieved through this case being allowed to stand or through the legislative process, New Jersey United for Marriage will fight to make sure that the protections and responsibilities of marriage are extended to all loving and committed couples in New Jersey. 

HRC has five field staff in New Jersey as part of its investment in the campaign. To join in the fight, contact david.turley@hrc.org

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