N.J. Gay Marriage Bill Advances to Full Senate

A full Senate vote on a proposal to legalize gay marriage in New Jersey is set for Thursday after a key Senate committee narrowly passed the bill Monday.

The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 Monday evening to advance the bill that would make New Jersey the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, if made into law.

If the legislation is approved by the full Senate, it would advance to the state Assembly, where it would have to be passed this month to stand a chance of being signed into law.

Gov.-elect Chris Christie, who takes office next month, has said he would veto the bill. Outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine, meanwhile, has vowed to sign it.

To pass Thursday, the bill needs 21 votes in the Senate.

Democrats currently hold a 23-17 majority.