Second Chances in New England

The New York state Senate may have voted down a bill legalizing same-sex marriage last week, but there may be hope yet for same-sex marriage in the neighborhood. On Thursday, the New Jersey state Senate will vote on a bill that would legalize the practice in the Garden State.

The State Judiciary Committee approved the bill on Monday night, by a vote of 7-6. The full Senate will now have the opportunity to make New Jersey the sixth state in the Union that has legal same-sex marriage, and the second (after New Hampshire) to do so without a judge pushing them to do it.

We’re not out of the woods yet — this is still up to a vote, just like New York was last week. Either way, win or lose, the fact that it’s making its way through the legislative process is a good sign. Sooner or later, this issue will be a quaint reminder of how silly and close-minded people used to be.

C’mon, New Jersey… are you going to let Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont show you up? Or are you going to step up and show those New Yorkers next door how equality works?

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