TRENTON - For same-sex couples waiting to marry, the Legislature's most important vote will come after the November election.

The lame duck session is when Democratic leaders have promised to try to override Gov. Chris Christie's marriage equality veto.

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National and state activists are already working to convince targeted legislators to vote yes. Republican leaders say legislators in their party will be free to vote how they want, without pressure from the governor.

Christie opposes same-sex marriage, but supports the state's civil union law giving gay and lesbian couples the benefits of marriage without the title.

The veto override requires 27 votes in the Senate and 54 in the Assembly. That's 3 additional votes in the Senate and 12 in the Assembly than when it passed last year.

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