Texas Governor Rick Perry may be out of the Republican race for President, but he is still taking jabs at Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Perry was speaking at the Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner, an annual event of comedy skits and roasting speeches thrown by DC journalists over the weekend, when he took made some gay jokes about his former competitors.
Fourteen senators voted for same sex marriage at that time, however the measure needed 21 votes to pass. Senators who support gay marriage have vowed to bring marriage equality to Jersey since then.
The problem is that current New Jersey governor Chris Christie says he will veto the bill even if it gets enough votes to pass. This could be the road block that prevents the issue from becoming a law. While Democrats believe they have the votes they need to pass the bill, they need some Republican votes to ensure that it becomes law.
Senate President Steve Sweeney, however, has changed his mind since the last vote two years go. He even now calls his lack of action “the biggest mistake” of his legislative career and will co-sponsor the new legislation introduced this week. Other primary sponsors of the bill include Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Sen. Ray Lesniak.
The bill ill also be assigned the symbolic number S1 as the first bill announced in the new two-year legislative session.
New Jersey currently allows civil unions while neighboring state, New York, nearby Washington, DC and five other states have legalized gay marriage.