TRENTON - The state Senate's dramatic vote on gay marriage will have to wait.
In a last-minute move, the Senate today called off Thursday's planned vote as supporters scrambling for votes said the controversial measure would have a better chance by shifting it to the Assembly for more debate.
gay-marriage-statehouse-senate-hearing-wendy-kennedy-deb-spell.JPGTony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerWendy Kennedy and her partner Deb Spell of Ridgewood lean on each other as they wait in an overflow room to listen to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on bill S1967/A2978 at the Statehouse Monday afternoon.
The surprise announcement by the bill's prime sponsors, Sens. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) and Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), came as both sides turned up the heat on senators by flooding their office with phone calls -- and, in some cases, picketing their homes. Supporters are trying to get the measure passed before the legislative session ends next month.
Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) said a Senate vote would not be held until "there has been adequate time to vet the bill before the Assembly Judiciary Committee."
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