Bad news in a string of bad news for marriage equality supporters – New Jersey’s state Senate has postponed their vote on a gay marriage bill. Originally, after the state election in November that saw Chris Christie win the Governor’s race over Jon Corzine, Senate leaders postponed a vote altogether. But an advocacy campaign forced the Senate to action, and the bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 7-6 vote. A vote in the full Senate was scheduled for today – but now it won’t happen.

Sens. Raymond Lesniak (D., Union) and Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen), both sponsors of a bill to allow same-sex marriage in New Jersey, requested that a Senate vote scheduled for Thursday be delayed. Senate President Richard J. Codey (D., Essex) agreed to take the measure off the Senate’s agenda.

The bill was approved in a Senate committee Monday, and lawmakers had hoped a full Senate vote Thursday would set the stage to make New Jersey the sixth state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. But there are questions about whether supporters have enough votes to get the measure through the Senate.

There doesn’t seem to be another reason for the delay other than the fact that supporters don’t have the votes.

It’s been a very dispiriting couple months for the marriage equality movement.

David Dayen

David Dayen