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Gov. Christie Vetoes NJ Gay Marriage Bill

Friday, February 17, 2012

Governor Chris Christie followed through on his threat to reject a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. He vetoed the bill Friday, hours after it had been delivered to his desk.

The Republican governor returned the bill to the Legislature, saying he wants voters to decide whether New Jersey changes the definition of marriage.

"An issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide. I continue to encourage the Legislature to trust the people of New Jersey and seek their input by allowing our citizens to vote on a question that represents a profoundly significant societal change," Christie said.

Christie said that same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples, and proposed the creation of an Ombudsman for Civil Unions in his conditional veto message.

Assembly spokesman Tom Hester said the bill was delivered to Christie's office by the Assembly clerk's office Friday morning, a day after the chamber approved it 42-33. The Senate passed the gay marriage proposal on Monday.

Christie is a Republican who opposes gay marriage. He has vowed "very swift action" once the bill reached his desk.

He and most Republican lawmakers want the issue decided by public vote.

Democrats maintain that gay marriage is a civil right protected by the Constitution and isn't subject to popular vote.

Six states and Washington, D.C., allow gay marriage. Washington state's new gay marriage law is set to go into effect in June.

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Comments [7]

bob from New Jersey

He's pro wrestling mania though, big dunce.

Feb. 18 2012 07:26 PM
Erik S Frampton from The Pallisades

Dear Governor Christie,

Your rhetorical justification of denying legal rights to your gay citizens belies a true despot acting outside of justice and the arc of history's progress forward for all peoples by pandering to prejudicial oppressors and segregationists who form your party's core. Your failure to extend rights to those within you reach makes you small. There is only one George Wallace image ever shown and it bears his whole legacy, barring entry to black school children. Think of how he looks to us now! Your veto has injured the arc of justice, the pride of equality in New Jersey, the religious who's causes ARE SEPARATE, the oppressed beneficiaries seeking liberty, the National debate, your legacy, and your future. While your colleagues from here to the Pacific have "evolved" on gay issues, it is you alone who uses political winds to go backwards.

Just as the courts exist to serve the law, it is law that must serve the people. It is not for the majority to say which of the minorities shall have their rights, and which rights shall be theirs to claim. These dangerous waters you tread of cloaking bigotry and shameful segregation in terms of lofty democracy is sure to result in the trampling under foot of your gay citizens. You do not feel we are equal to you. And indeed, we are not equal to you in the public and legal spaces that all citizens share. But you are inviting to that public square every homophobic who has a vote to agree with you. This is not leadership. It is the flailing mob. It is the reverse. Cowardice is not your strong suit, yet on the one monumental civil rights battle of our times, you have abdicated your authority and fed liberty to the pigs, chasing them there.

Sincerely,
your humbly oppressed

Feb. 18 2012 05:24 PM

Everyone who exhibits righteous behavior and follows the right rules are free under Republican administrations.

Feb. 18 2012 04:43 PM
Christopher from Hoboken

Yes, because everyone's civil rights are decided (and advanced!) by referendum. Ah, those great referenda in the 1960s that gave us racial equality! That terrific referendum that integrated the schools! And I'm sure the people of Virginia (now the Medical Rape By Instrument State) were proud to vote to legalize interracial marriage.

Blubbernor Christie is a gay-hating POS (that stands for Very Bad Person). Don't ever forget that. Don't be fooled his "why, some of my best friends" appointments. Just a way of lying. Voting for him is no better than voting for an open racist.

Feb. 18 2012 02:10 PM
reggie from jersey city

I thought republicans always want things decided through the legislature. I guess that’s true until they don't like that answer

Feb. 18 2012 07:19 AM
roberto del valle from el barrio

ugly creep of a politician....

Feb. 17 2012 08:43 PM
Jack from NYC

He is just stalling the inevitable because of his pandering to those who hate gay and lesbian people. Shame.

Feb. 17 2012 07:16 PM

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