01/07/09- by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
It was hardly a surprise. New Jersey failed to join the five other states which currently allow same-sex marriage. The bill failed twenty to fourteen. After the voter veto in Maine of their marriage equality bill, and the failure of New York to pass marriage equality legislation, it was not expected that New Jersey’s Assembly would pass their bill. Momentum was already against passage, and the difficulty of getting this bill even to a vote meant that prospects were grim.
Activists had hoped to be able to get some momentum back after the Democrats lost the Governor’s mansion of New Jersey to the Republicans. There was an attempt to push this legislation through before incoming Republican Governor Chris Christie took office, but the feeling of urgency was lacking. Christie has vowed to veto any attempt to pass marriage equality in the state.
Currently, there is an attempt to push the issue of marriage equality in Iowa and New Hampshire before the voters, but those efforts have run into major road blocks, and the probability of them passing is very small. In Iowa, the feeling is that there is a need to focus on more urgent legislative issues, and that the legalization of same-sex marriage has not effected anyone’s marriage.