Bateman wants voters to decide on same-sex marriage

TRENTON — A state senator has introduced a resolution that would amend the Constitution to permit same-sex marriage.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16), Somerville, has submitted SCR-88 that would, if passed by the Legislature and approved by voters, amend the state Constitution.

“Let’s stop the political games and let the people of New Jersey decide,” said Bateman in a release. “Marriage equality advocates and opponents would both have the ability to register their opinion at the ballot box. Nobody would be disenfranchised on either side of the issue.”

However, it is unlikely to get that far.  Senate President Steve Sweeney was emphatic when the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the same-sex marriage bill that Civil Rights would not be put up for a popular vote. Bateman voted against the bill in committee.

Both the Senate and Assembly have scheduled votes next week on the same-sex marriage bill.

“This amendment is unique in that, unlike in the other states that have put the issue before voters, it would permit same sex marriage rather than prohibit it,” he said. “This is not a so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Amendment’. I am not sure why putting this to voters is acceptable to advocates in Maine, but not in New Jersey.”

Gov. Chris Christie had also offered the idea of a voter referendum. Christie also has said he would veto the bill if it gets to his desk. Bateman wants voters to decide on same-sex marriage