Outgoing New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine says he will sign a gay marriage bill if it passes the state legislature before he leaves office in January.
Incoming Governor-elect Chris Christie - a practicing Catholic - says he will veto it if it crosses his desk.
Enter New Jersey's Catholic bishops - who are appealing to a higher authority.
The bishops are asking their flocks to pray that the bill doesn't pass - at least not on Corzine's watch. Of course, it's pretty doubtful that any Catholic priests would officiate over gay marriages should they become legal in New Jersey.
Civil unions between people of the same sex are already permitted in the state.