In a 20-14 vote, the New Jersey Senate struck down a marriage equality bill today. The move is frustrating, but not unexpected considering that the state recently voted in Republican Chris Christie as their governor and he promised to veto the bill if it passed. The legislation needed 21 votes to move forward into the State Assembly.
New Jersey does, however, offer civil unions to same-sex couples affording most of the legal rights that marriage does. But that's not enough for some in the LGBT community, especially considerin a unanimous 2006 ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court that stated same-sex couples had to be treated equally under the state's Constitution. Armed with that precedent, Garden State Equality plans to hit the courts to win marriage rights for New Jersey gays.