Bruce Springsteen backs gay marriage in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - December 9, 2009

Bruce Springsteen posted a statement on his Web site urging support of the gay marriage bill that's up for a vote in the state Senate on Thursday.

Springsteen wrote that he's long believed and has "always spoken out for the rights of same-sex couples."

The native son says he agrees with Gov. Jon Corzine that marriage equality is a civil rights issue.

Gov.-elect Chris Christie is a big Springsteen fan. The Republican has said he would veto the bill.

A state Senate committee approved the bill by one vote on Monday.

Democrats concede the measure may fall short of the 21 votes needed to pass the Senate.

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