“New Jersey voters know that gay and lesbian couples’ exclusion from marriage harms families and helps no one. They’ve seen through their neighbors in New York that extending the freedom to marry boosts the state economy, enhances the quality of life for gay and lesbian couples and their families, and provides them with a critical safety-net of protections. And they know that civil unions are a failed experiment in New Jersey. Freedom to Marry will continue working with Garden State Equality to ensure that legislators whose understanding is still evolving hear from their constituents, join us on the side of fairness and equality for all Garden State families, and override Governor Christie’s veto of the marriage legislation.”
Governor Christie is calling for a referendum on marriage, to which Steven Goldstein, Chairman and CEO of Garden State Equality responded: "First, you don’t put the civil rights of a minority up to a vote of the majority. The last time New Jersey did that was in 1915, when a statewide referendum was held to determine whether women should have the right to vote. 58 percent voted no, and 42 percent voted yes."
The New Jersey legislature passed a marriage bill in February, only to see Governor Chris Christie veto it shortly afterwards. The Quinnipiac poll was taken just days after his veto.