As The Associated Press reports, the odds of overriding Christie’s veto are high. But that doesn’t mean supporters of marriage equality in the Garden State are ready to give up:
The bill would need several Republican votes in each house to override the governor; Christie himself essentially guaranteed that that won’t happen.Dems are right in their calculation. Recent polls show a majority of Americans now approve of same-sex marriage. And even Jim Daly, president of the right-wing group Focus on the Family, concedes that a rising tide of young people who favor marriage equality means “we’ve probably lost that [debate].”
With that in mind, Democrats who identified same-sex marriage as their No. 1 priority for the two-year legislative session that began in January have adopted a longer view. They say there’s no rush for an override vote, especially because the Legislature has been unsuccessful in every prior attempt to override Christie, most notably to reinstate a surcharge on millionaires.
Instead, they plan to bide their time in hopes that support for gay marriage--currently 52-42 percent in New Jersey, according to one recent voter poll--will continue to grow.
It’s only a matter of time before New Jersey falls in line behind Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., in granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples.