Marriage equality bill passes N.J. Senate

    Advocates of gay marriage are a step closer to a showdown with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The marriage equality bill was passed this afternoon by the N.J. Senate with vote of 24 to 16.

    The N.J. Assembly will vote on the measure Thursday. Christie has vowed to veto the bill should the assembly pass it. He favors a public referendum to decide the issue rather than legislative action.

    Look for more from WHYY’s Phil Gregory later this afternoon.

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