TRENTON – The head of one of the organizations leading the charge in New Jersey for marriage equality says he’s growing increasingly confident gay rights advocates may soon have a victory in the Legislature.
Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality, is predicting a successful overturn of Gov. Chris Christie’s gay marriage veto in the Legislature within the next six months. Stevenson spoke to reporters outside of a Trenton courthouse Thursday as GSE and other groups fight for same-sex marriage in the courts.
“We will have an override by the end of this legislative session,” Stevenson said.
“We’re making progress every day by talking to them every day,” he said, referring to Statehouse lawmakers.
GSE is mobilizing what Stevenson says is the “most robust campaign” that will pressure lawmakers from every corner of the state to vote in favor of an override – including GOP lawmakers, he says.
“I know it can happen,” said Stevenson, referring to receiving Republican support.
Lawmakers have not been successful in ever overturning a Christie veto.
A same-sex marriage override would need to pick up Republican support and garner a total of at least 11 additional votes in the Assembly and 3 in the Senate.
Leaders of both chambers have already agreed to post the override for a vote before the end of the legislative session on Jan. 14, 2014.
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