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NJ Assemblyman Introducing Gay Marriage Bill

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NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880) – The debate over gay marriage in New York has inspired at least one New Jersey lawmaker to try again in the Garden State with similar legislation.

Almost a year and a half after lawmakers rejected a gay marriage bill in the New Jersey, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora is introducing the measure again.

“I think it’s important especially when you look at what’s going on in New York, that they’re having a discussion of marriage equality through the legislative process,” said Gusciora.

WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reports: NJ Assemblyman Introducing Gay Marriage Bill

He said he wanted to reopen the debate in New Jersey while courts mull over a lawsuit which claims civil unions have not worked.

“While I respect the courts, I think that we legislatures have the duty to advance equality,” said Gusciora.

Gay rights advocates say civil unions in New Jersey are still unequal.

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