Neighboring Pa., NJ spotlight gay marriage efforts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania and New Jersey are on track to make the Northeast the first full region in the country to legalize gay marriage. But the rails are hardly parallel and the horsepower anything but equal.

Gay marriage has long been on the table in New Jersey, but a sudden flurry of court decisions has sent it hurtling toward reality. The main obstacle has been a moderate Republican governor with apparent presidential aspirations.

Across the Delaware River, Pennsylvania advocates are pecking away at a 1996 gay marriage ban. They're introducing bills in the Legislature, defiantly issuing marriage licenses in localities and taking the issue to court.

The different approaches and levels of success in the two neighboring states illustrate the many ways the effort to legalize same-sex marriage is playing out nationally.

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