N.J. election alters same-sex battlefield

Nov. 8, 2009 at 3:46 PM

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The stakes for same-sex marriage legalization in New Jersey have been raised with the election of a Republican governor, advocates say.

The defeat of Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine, who supported same-sex marriage in the state, and the election of Republican Chris Christie, who opposes it, has placed the focus on the upcoming lame-duck legislative session, which has now emerged as probably the last chance to vote on the issue for four years, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Sunday.

"After the lame-duck session I think we're confident you're not going to see same-sex marriage brought up," Brian Brown, executive director of the anti-same-sex marriage group the National Organization for Marriage, told the newspaper. "Because Christie said he would veto it."

Same-sex marriage backer Garden State Equality has used Christie's election to galvanize supporters, holding a dozen strategy sessions across the state, while opponents such as the National Organization for Marriage are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on ad campaigns aimed at defeating any legislation, the newspaper said.

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