Wednesday, September 2, 2015

More license for marriage in NJ

Gays wait as state makes it easier for straights

More license for marriage in NJ

0 comments

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.

 

Inquirer Columnist
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Blinq is a news commentary blog featuring contributions from Inquirer Metro columnists Kevin Riordan and Daniel Rubin.

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
Daniel Rubin Inquirer Columnist
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter