When Will Gay Marriage Arrive in New Jersey?

Supporters of gay marriage in New Jersey are hopeful that last week’s winning referenda in Maine, Maryland, and Washington will finally pave the way for their issue to become law in the Garden State. The problem? Gov. Chris Christie, who blocked the most recent attempts at a gay marriage law, still apparently stands in the way of action in the legislature. Christie, though, says the measure can pass if it also goes to a referendum. “I have repeatedly encouraged, and continue to ask that, the Legislature trust the people of New Jersey and seek their input by allowing our citizens to vote on the question of same-sex marriage,” Christie said. “This path of amending the State Constitution, which embraces our most cherished democratic ideals and is enshrined in our guiding legal document, is the only way to amend our Constitution and the best way to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage in our State.” Which means the debate is likely to continue for a little while, at least. [NewsWorks]