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New Jersey lawmakers to try to override Gov. Christie's veto of marriage equality

TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey Legislature, controlled by Democrats, is girding up to fight Gov. Chris Christie's veto of the marriage-equality bill.

The Assembly voted 42-33 on Feb. 16, 2012 to approve same-sex marriage in New Jersey. The Senate voted 24-16 on Feb. 13, 2012 to approve the marriage-equality bill. Christie vetoed the bill on Feb. 17, 2012.

Democrats met Thursday and agreed to a two-pronged strategy in another attempt to provide marriage equality to New Jersey citizens, according to openly gay Assemblymember Reed Gusciora. First, lawmakers will attempt to override the governor's veto. That strategy appears to be a long shot, since the Democratic-controlled legislature has yet to override any of Christie's veto.

To achieve the override of the veto, it will take 27 votes in the Senate and 54 votes in the Assembly.

The other strategy would put the matter to a public vote in November, which is something that Christie has already proposed. Marriage-equality supporters say that human rights should never be put up to a public vote.

But other marriage-equality supporters point to the November 2012 election when Maine, Maryland and Washington voters approved marriage-equality laws.