New Jersey State Assemblyman Chris Brown on Wednesday announced his support for gay marriage.

At a legislative debate, Brown, who voted against a marriage bill approved by lawmakers in 2012, said that he had reversed course on the issue and pledged his support for an effort to override Governor Chris Christie's veto.

“This is a decision I came to on my own,” Brown told after the debate. “I just believe when it comes to civil rights, I don't believe it's appropriate for the people to vote on it.”

Two additional Assembly Republicans, Declan O'Scanlon and Holly Schepisi, who were absent during last year's vote, also recently endorsed the effort. Brown is the first to change his vote.

Last month, Schepisi told the Times of Trenton that her deciding factor was the Supreme Court's June decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples. The decision left New Jersey gay couples in a civil union on an unequal footing with those in a marriage who are able to access federal benefits.

Supporters need to find 7 more votes in the Assembly and 3 in the Senate before January to beat Christie's veto.

(Related: New group opposes gay marriage in New Jersey.)