A bill introduced by openly gay N.J. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora that seeks to establish marriage equality through a ballot measure is dead on arrival to the state Senate, according to state Senate President Steve Sweeney, who said he expects the Legislature will be able to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a marriage equality bill by January 2014. The debate over how best to achieve marriage victories was heightened this year when advocates won statewide ballot measures in Maine, Washington and Maryland. "It’s not right to rule out what has been a successful path in other states," said Gusciora, but national LGBT groups say the tactic should be used only as a last resort.

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