New Jersey Same-Sex Marriage Referendum (2012)

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The New Jersey Same-Sex Marriage Referendum did not make the November 2012 ballot in the state of New Jersey as a veto referendum.

The proposal would have asked voters if same-sex marriage should be legalized.

The measure has not been formally filed but has been mentioned by Gov. Chris Christie. The proposal developed following conversations during the 2012 legislative session about legalizing same-sex marriage. Christie has stated that he would veto such a bill and favors sending the question to the voters as a veto referendum.[1][2]

Some lawmakers argue that such a "politically sensitive" subject should not be placed on the ballot. "Marriage equality isn’t like sports betting. It’s a civil right, which is already guaranteed in our Constitution. It’s up to the Legislature to guarantee these rights," said Senator Raymond Lesniak.[3]

The pending legislation to legalize same-sex marriage is sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney.[4]


See also: Polls, 2012 ballot measures
  • On February 14, 2012, results were released by the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics that showed support for same-sex marriage in the state. According to reports, 4% of the poll stated they were for civil unions but against gay marriage, therefore the bottom results add up to 96%. The margin of error of the poll was plus or minus 3.3%.[5]
Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
February 9-11, 2012 Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics 54% 35% 7% 914

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