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More license for marriage in NJ

Gays wait as state makes it easier for straights

More license for marriage in NJ

As they yet again contemplate marriage equality for same-sex couples, New Jersey legislators want to make it easier for everyone else to wed.

A bill co-sponsored by Burlington County Assemblyman Herb Conaway, enabling military men and women serving overseas to obtain marriage licenses by proxy in New Jersey, got the nod from both houses of the Democrat-controlled legislature this week.

And in Monday's lame-duck session, Garden State lawmakers also said yes to a proposal dropping the 72-hour waiting period for marriage licenses. The change is driven in part by public and private efforts to make Atlantic City more like Las Vegas, the site of pop tart Britney Spears' infamous 55-hour-long marriage of 2004.

No word yet on whether Chris Christie will sign either bill. Nor has the governor said anything to  suggest he's changed his mind about gay marriage, having famously pronounced himself "not a fan."

And despite the high-profile sponsorship of Senate President Steve Sweeney and others, it's not clear whether the state's latest marriage equality measure has enough votes.

 

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
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