#3 Same Sex Marriage – Rutgers-Eagleton Poll’s 2013 Top 5 Countdown

3.) Support soars as same-sex marriage becomes legal in New Jersey.

After failed attempts by the New Jersey state legislature to make same-sex marriage legal over the past few years and a veto by Gov. Christie in 2012, marriage equality laws in the state did not seem to reflect the continually increasing public support for it in the Garden State. But in late September, all of that changed when Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that same-sex couples should be given the right to marry in New Jersey. Gov. Christie originally said his administration would appeal the court’s decision but later dropped his appeal when the state Supreme Court would not stay the court ruling. As same-sex marriage legalization went into effect, 61 percent of New Jersey voters were in support of it – a continuation of the majority support seen for the past two years in the Garden State; only 27 percent opposed it, and 12 percent were unsure. Fifty-nine percent of voters agreed with the court’s decision, and 53 percent agreed that the governor should drop his appeal and accept the court’s decision – though 62 percent said they would still have preferred the issue to be decided by the voters. Nonetheless, 2013 was a landmark year for same-sex marriage in New Jersey as law finally matched overwhelming public sentiment.

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