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The divide over same sex marriages

December 7, 2009 1:35:20 PM PST
Most gay and lesbians I know are not necessarily interested in getting married. But they have been incensed by the New York State Senate telling them they can't wed, even if they wanted to.

The Senators - or at least the 38 who voted against legalizing same-sex marriages - may want the issue to go away, but their action seems to be having the opposite affect. One way to transform average citizens into activists is to deny them their rights. Today, the battle moves from New York - where it's on temporary hold - to New Jersey, where it's very much alive. The State Senate Judiciary Committee is debating the issue among its 13 members. The measure to allow gays and lesbians to marry same-sex partners is expected to pass - but then again it was expected to pass last week in Albany, and look what happened.

If the bill passes the Judiciary, the full Senate could vote as early as Thursday. It's unclear how that body will vote, but what is clear is that if the legislature sends a bill to Gov. Jon Corzine before he leaves office at the end of the month, he'll sign it. If not, and the Senate sends the bill to Chris Christie after he becomes Governor, the Governor-elect has said he would not support it.

We'll have the latest in the newest chapter on the fight to legalize same-sex marriages, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, more violence in the Bronx. The victim this time: a 30-year-old mother who was taking her kids to school. But this time, police say, they don't believe she was a random victim; they say she was likely the target. The woman is a worker at the Administration for Childrens' Services in New York City, and her daughters saw the execution-style shooting. Tonight cops are looking for her killer, and a motive.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's chilly AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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