Judiciary Committee to consider marriage equality on Monday

Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) says that the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider marriage equality legislation on Monday. The legislation must be approved by the panel before going to the floor for a vote of the full Senate. Steven Goldstein, the chairman of Garden State Equality, the state’s largest gay rights organization, said he was “jubilant” at the prospect of a vote. More than 700 people showed up at a statehouse rally in support of same sex marriage today.

Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, announced today that he would post the bill, but would vote no.

“I don’t support this legislation,” said Sarlo. “However, in a democracy, I do not believe that one person should prevent any piece of legislation from having a fair hearing and an open vote in public.”

Judiciary Committee to consider marriage equality on Monday