On Thursday, the New Jersey Senate voted down a bill that would’ve legalized same-sex marriage in the Garden State, effectively killing the future of legislatively-granted marriage equality in NJ. A Republican governor is set to take office later this month, and has made it clear that he will veto any such bill that comes to his desk for a signature.
In other news, all is not yet lost on the battle for marriage in New Jersey. While gays and lesbians are not able to legally marry one another, we can take some comfort in the knowledge that we are perfectly free to marry our opposite-sex cousins there.
Yes, in New Jersey and many other states, it is ILLEGAL to marry your same-sex partner, but LEGAL to marry your cousin… As long as your cousin is of the opposite sex.
Special thanks to my friend Jennifer for sending me this awhile back — I’d actually teed it up as a draft post and was waiting for a good day to post it. Seeing that my friend Erin had posted it in response to the developments in NJ (where she lives) prompted me to get off my ass and post it.
I’m not entirely sure whether this has been validated as accurate or not, and I don’t have the initiative to go researching it…
But if it’s true, then damn, that’s fucked up.