Troy Stevenson is optimistic that same-sex marriage is coming to New Jersey in the near future. The new chairman of Garden State Equality told WCBS 880′s Monica Miller that he has hope for the passage of marriage equality because of several changes in the state since the last attempt last year.
Stevenson stated about Governor Chris Christie that “His response to Hurricane Sandy was amazing, and he came out strongly advocating for the rights of the citizens of New Jersey – all citizens of New Jersey.” He also noted that GSE was “going to be targeting specific legislators and getting them to see what their constituents believe.
Last year, bills to recognize same-sex marriage passed the House and Senate, but were vetoed by Christie. Recent polling shows that more than half of New Jerseyans support same-sex marriage. Stevenson hopes to push for same-sex marriage by working with key lawmakers in order to get same-sex marriage legal by the end of 2013.
Same-sex marriage is currently legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. Rhode Island may be the tenth state to pass marriage equality.