The New Jersey state senate will vote on whether to legalize gay marriage this Thursday, Senate President Richard Codey announced today.
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If the bill passes the senate -- something that is far from certain -- it must still pass the state assembly. Both houses only have two voting sessions left, scheduled for Thursday and the following Monday, before Gov-elect Chris Christie takes office on Jan. 19.
Christie opposes gay marriage while the current governor, Jon Corzine, has promised to sign such a bill.
Although Democrats hold a majority in both houses, not all support gay marriage. But supporters don't have time to wait for more votes.
One of the bill's sponsors, Sen. Ray Lesniak (D), told TPM that if the bill fails, he would try to legalize gay marriage by taking it to the state supreme court.
Thursday's voting session begins at 2 p.m.