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Del., NJ, Ill. Next Gay Marriage Battlegrounds

Friday Apr 26, 2013
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Rhode Island is set to become the 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry following a key vote in the state’s General Assembly this week. Gay marriage supporters are shifting their focus to other states, including:

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-Delaware. The state’s House approved a bill Tuesday legalizing same-sex marriage on a 23-18 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate. It has the support of Democratic Gov. Jack Markell. Delaware approved same-sex civil unions last year.

-New Jersey. The Democratic-led legislature is expected to attempt to override Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of gay marriage legislation a year ago. But there aren’t enough Democrats to guarantee an override, and Christie has suggested putting the question before voters.

-Oregon. Gay marriage advocates hope to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot that would reverse a ban on gay marriage passed by voters in 2004. The effort has the support of Gov. John Kitzhaber.

-Minnesota. Hundreds of gay marriage supporters gathered at the state Capitol this month to urge lawmakers to vote for gay marriage. Legislation has cleared committees in both the House and Senate.

-Illinois. The state’s Senate approved gay marriage legislation on Valentine’s Day. Supporters in the House say they’re still a few votes short but hope a vote is held before the General Assembly adjourns this spring. Gov. Pat Quinn supports the bill.

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  • Rhymes with Made. , 2013-04-26 21:33:24

    Being from NJ.. Chris Cristie has got to go .. to even want to put peoples civil rights up to a vote is disgusting, lets mandate a vote to put the governor on a 500 calorie a day diet and see how he would like that.. bloated jack ass.


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