New Jersey lawmakers are considering a measure that would enshrine same-sex marriage into state law.

A same-sex marriage bill approved by the New Jersey Legislature was vetoed by former Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, in 2012.

Gay and lesbian couples won the right to marry in New Jersey in 2013, when the New Jersey Supreme Court refused to hear a lower court ruling that struck down as unconstitutional state laws that define marriage as a heterosexual union.

Two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell found that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

According to, New Jersey lawmakers are likely to vote on the measure during the upcoming lame duck session that ends on January 11.

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, a Democrat from Hudson, is a sponsor of the bill. He told that marriage equality is under threat as the Supreme Court reviews laws in Texas and Mississippi that severely restrict a woman's access to abortion.

“It underscores the need for us to take a look at this and move on this right now because there's an actual threat,” he said.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney supports amending state marriage laws to include gay couples.