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NJ Senate President: We’ll Override Christie Veto

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says Garden State lawmakers - who just two weeks ago passed historic marriage equality legislation - will work to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto.

Sweeney, a leader on marriage equality this legislative session, made a compelling argument today in the Huffington Post for why New Jersey should - and ultimately would - join the growing number of states across the country where committed, loving same-sex couples can marry.

Sweeney took Gov. Christie to task for his veto of the legislation:

New Jersey nearly made it to the finish line. Unfortunately, a governor driven by national ambition derailed the fight for equality and fairness. But Governor Christie's veto only delayed the day and time when we finally establish marriage equality in the Garden State -- because it is going to happen in New Jersey, and we are going to override his veto.

…Anyone who is a student of history knows that you never, ever put the rights of the minority up for a vote of the majority; the majority will almost always vote it down. Not only was Governor Christie clearly ignorant of history on this issue, but his newfound sense of populism (the governor never seems to ask for a public referendum on any other issue) was also a way to relieve his Republican colleagues in the Legislature of their duty to serve the people. Our job as legislators is to act. If we are going to simply punt on every difficult issue that comes up, we might as well pack our bags and head home.

Read Senator Sweeney's full piece.

HRC looks forward to continuing to work with Garden State Equality until marriage equality is a reality for all New Jersey residents.

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