UPDATE: S-1 passes 24-16. Next, on Thursday at 1pm, the full Assembly will consider the companion bill, A-1.
Today – if predictions and vote counts are correct – Blue Jersey’s Loretta Weinberg will see the initiative she and Ray Lesniak have championed for years – pass the New Jersey Senate. Today, the dream Steven Goldstein has had for years, and put much of his life on hold for, may be a step closer in what is still a complicated road made more frustrating by the will of a Governor not to sign it, despite clear indications that the majority of New Jerseyans are for it. Today, gay people and many straight allies alongside them, are waiting to see if the Senate will do what it did not do 2 years ago, when Democrats had a governor in office who was ready to sign it.
Today, S-1 will be voted on by the full NJ Senate. Full Assembly votes on the companion bill, A-1, Thursday 1pm. If both pass, Christie is expected to veto, but the legislature will have until the end of the session, January 2014, to override.
Two ways you can follow the discussion and vote:
Note: You will need Windows Media Player, which you can download free at the bottom of the legislature’s media page. Session is scheduled to begin at noon. But frequently, they’re late. Refresh the media page often. When you see the ‘Pending’ notification go to ‘Listen’, you should be able to hear the proceedings.
As you’re watching, and even if you can’t, please use this post as an Open Thread.