Monmouth Pollster on NJ Result: "Social Conservatives Will Tout This as a Victory"


It's never a victory when a legislature votes to redefine marriage but it is a victory for marriage when their efforts ultimately fail:

With the state Legislature pushing through same-sex marriage legislation here, gay-rights advocates will now have a long and difficult road to override Gov. Chris Christie's promised veto.

Mr. Christie, a Republican who wields enormous sway over legislators from his party, has said he will swiftly veto the legislation once it is delivered to his desk by the end of the day Friday. And the Assembly barely got the bill through Thursday, passing it 42-33 in the 80-member body without any Republican support and four Democrats voting against it.

... Gay-marriage opponent Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, said Democrats "couldn't get their whole delegation. From our perspective, that was good sign."

Mr. Deo and other opponents said they would pressure lawmakers to not change their vote.

If the veto stands, it would be the second time in New Jersey that gay marriage failed, marring a string of victories for same-sex nuptials across the country in the past year.

"My sense right now is that there will not be an override vote," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. "New Jersey is viewed as one of the more progressive states, and social conservatives will tout this as a victory." -- Wall Street Journal

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