A bill to legalize toeivah marriage has cleared the New Jersey state Senate Judiciary Committee, paving the way for a full Senate vote Thursday.
Tonight’s committee vote was 7-6.
New Jersey is the best chance for proponents to add a sixth state allowing toeivah unions.
A similar measure was voted down last week in the New York state Senate. Last month, voters in Maine overturned a law that was enacted this year to allow toeivah weddings but never took effect.
Toeivah marriage is recognized in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Iowa. It becomes legal in New Hampshire in January.
Proponents want the New Jersey bill passed quickly because Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine has said he’d sign it before leaving office.
Republican Gov.-elect Chris Christie says he’d veto it. He takes office Jan. 19.