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N.J. Democrats pledge push for 'gay' marriage

New Jersey Democratic lawmakers Monday said they will fast-track bills to legalize gay marriage, echoing promises made by state officials in Maryland and Washington state.

“I made a mistake, but I can tell you I’m going to fix that,” New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday, referring to his failure to vote for gay marriage two years ago when then-Gov. Jon Corzine would have signed it.

Mr. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, both Democrats, said at a news conference they would make gay marriage a priority. “For those of us that believe in equality, equality and equality, marriage equality represents the third leg on the stool of civil rights and equality in this nation,” said Ms. Oliver.