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Same-sex marriage advocates make New Jersey priority

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 24 2013 11:30:04 AM CDT
Gay marriage, same-sex marriage

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ASBURY PARK, N.J. -

Several national groups that support recognizing same-sex marriage are teaming up in New Jersey, saying that the state is primed to allow gay couples to wed.

The New Jersey United for Marriage campaign announced Wednesday in Asbury Park is based on the efforts that secured gay marriage rights in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota.

The coalition includes Garden State Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, the Gill action Fund, Freedom to Marry and American Unity Fund, a Republican group, along with others.

The group wants to get the support of enough state lawmakers to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto last year of a bill to recognize gay marriage.

A lawsuit pressing state courts to allow gay unions is scheduled for a key hearing next month.