[JURIST] The New Jersey Senate [official website] on Monday voted 24-16 to approve the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act [text, PDF], a bill which, if enacted, would legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the state. Under the bill, marriage would be defined as the "legally recognized union of two consenting persons in a committed relationship." The legislation would not require any member of the clergy or religious institution to perform same-sex marriages, or provide space for same-sex marriage services....

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