1. New Jersey

    Christie Vetoes Gay-Marriage Bill

    Assemblyman Reed Gusciora D-Trenton, left, and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman D-Mercer, congratulate each other as the bill sponsored by Rep. Gusciora legalizing same-sex marriages, passes and is the final Legislative approval for Marriage Equality at the State House in Trenton, N.J., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.  The 42-33 vote Thursday sends the bill to Gov. Chris Christie. The Republican governor who opposes gay marriage had promised "very swift action" if the bill reached his desk. Christie and most Republican lawmakers want gay marriage put to a popular vote. Democrats say gay marriage is a civil right protected by the Constitution and should not be subject to referendum.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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    Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill to legalize gay marriage three days after the state Senate passed it and the state Assembly affirmed the vote, 41 to 33. While gay marriage has been a top priority among state Democrats this year, they don’t have the votes in the legislature to override a veto. New Jersey's gay-marriage proposal was one of several in the works. In Washington state, a bill legalizing same-sex marriage was signed into law by the governor Monday, and a similar initiative is working its way through Maryland’s statehouse.

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