Poll: 62% of New Jersey residents would vote in favour of equal marriage

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A new poll has revealed that almost two-thirds of voters in the US state of New Jersey would vote in favour of legalising equal marriage.

The poll, run by Rutgers-Eagleton, found that an overwhelming majority of New Jersey residents would want a referendum on the issue, and more than half have said they would support equal marriage.

According to the results of the poll, 69% said they would like to vote on the issue, while 62% said they would vote in favour of making same-sex marriage legal. Just 30% of respondents said they would oppose equal marriage.

Out of the respondents who said they would like a referendum on the issue, 75% said they were supporters of equal marriage.

Of the proponents of same-sex marriage, support was strongest among Democrats, at 72%, and independents, 63%, with only 40% of Republicans, and 31% of self-identified conservatives, saying they would support it.

Governor Christie has voiced his opposition to equal marriage, and has more than once said that he thinks the issue should go to referendum.

He vetoed an equal marriage bill which had passed, one year ago.

Back in February, Democrats in the New Jersey legislature said they would attempt to override Governor Chris Christie’s equal marriage veto from last year.

They went on to say they would put the question of marriage equality to voters in November, if they cannot override Christie’s veto.

The New Jersey Senate Health Committee on Monday passed legislation banning the practice of “gay conversion” therapy. Following the committee’s decision, Christie announced his opposition to the practice.

The US states of WashingtonMaine and Maryland, all legalised marriage equality at November 2012 votes.