Despite a veto threat from Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey senators may introduce a gay marriage bill.

Last year, a last-minute push to legalize gay marriage was attempted in the final weeks of Democratic Governor Jon Corzine's administration, before Christie, a Republican opposed to gay marriage, took office in mid-January. The effort failed in the Senate, and gay activists vowed to return to court to win the right to marry.

In Lewis v. Harris, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously agreed that it is unconstitutional to deny gay and lesbian couples the rights granted to married heterosexual couples and ordered the Legislature to remedy the situation. Lawmakers responded with a civil unions law.

Activists filed a new case after the high court said it would not revisit Lewis v. Harris.

According to the Star-Ledger, despite a veto threat from the governor, state Senators Loretta Weinberg and Ray Lesniak, both Democrats, are proceeding with plans to reintroduce their bill. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, who is openly gay, reintroduced the legislation in the House in June.

The two senators, along with Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, will meet Friday in New York with New York State Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Alphonso David, who played a prominent role in making New York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.

Lesniak told the paper that they are “leaning toward doing it” and would ask Christie to send with his veto a “message to the legislature that this vote is a matter of conscience they have to personally and individually examine in the override vote.”