The New Jersey Senate just voted down a bill that would have extended the right to marry to same-sex couples. The vote was 20 against and 14 in favor of the bill, with several of the forty senators apparently choosing not to vote. This was a last-ditch effort before the new governor, who opposes same-sex marriage, is sworn in on January 19th. Having failed in the legislature and facing a hostile executive, proponents of same-sex marriage in New Jersey have indicated that they will now head back to court to seek the right to marry.
After a rocky 2009 in the battle for same-sex marriage, 2010 is not getting off to an auspicious start.