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NJ Lawmakers Rip Chris Christie for Suggesting Civil Rights of Gay People Should Be Put to a Vote: VIDEO


New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, are furious about Governor Chris Christie's call yesterday for a voter referendum on same-sex marriage.

"We do not put civil rights questions on the ballot," said Weinberg.

Added Sweeney to a reporter who questioned the point of "going through the exercise" of passing marriage equality given the threat of a veto by Christie: "The point of going through a fight for civil rights, are you kidding me? I'm offended by that [question]...If the governor wants to stifle and silence his colleagues that's one thing. But his not going to silence or stifle us...It's offensive for anyone to think 'why bother' if the governor doesn't want to do it. Well, guess what? He's wrong on this one."


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  1. It's about time we FINALLY have talking points that are easy, concise and factually correct and difficult to argue against: Civil rights are NEVER to be put to a vote. Otherwise we'd still have slavery.

    Posted by: zeddy | Jan 25, 2012 1:31:49 PM

  2. Should morbidly obese people pay double health insurance premiums? Let's take a vote on it.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jan 25, 2012 1:35:01 PM

  3. VERY powerful.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 25, 2012 1:43:08 PM

  4. All of us from New Jersey should remember, come election time, that these state legislators not only stood up for our rights, but did so in the face of an almost certain veto. These are the kind of allies that we want.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Jan 25, 2012 1:51:26 PM

  5. Shame he didn't dare do this when Corzine was in office.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 25, 2012 1:53:08 PM

  6. Stop making fat jokes about Christie and Maggie. They do nothing but make us look petty and vapid. There are reason to hate both of them besides their weight.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 25, 2012 1:53:57 PM

  7. Christie's attempts to enforce conservative ideology on New Jersey doesn't get much play in the general media here. For instance, last year, Christie used not only his veto power, but backroom threats to cut off a swathe of health services funding, the main target being Planned Parenthood. It cost New Jersey millions more in federal funds. The move puts New Jersey to the right of many far more conservative states. And yet the story got almost no attention.

    To oust Christie and finally get some advances in not just gay rights, but many other areas of progress, gay rights proponents in New Jersey need to ally themselves with the many other groups Christie has targeted in his deluded attempt to join the Republican presidential ticket. This includes Planned Parenthood, teachers, unions and more. There needs to be a coordinated effort to alert and make noise in the media when Christie tries to pull a Romney on the state, so voters can hold him accountable come next election.

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | Jan 25, 2012 1:59:23 PM

  8. There were Christies in my home state of Mississippi who insisted that integration, voting rights for black people and Jim Crow be put to the people. "Let the PEOPLE vote" was a common refrain across the South as racial justice and equality was being IMPOSED upon them against centuries of TRADITION and CULTURE and RELIGIOUS CONVICTION.

    I'm glad the Christies didn't win the day then and I hope they don't win the day today.

    Twenty years from now Christie will be as ashamed of his stand as George Wallace was upon his deathbed. MANY elected officials will be and I think we should do everything in our power to NEVER let people forget where people stood on this civil rights issue.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 25, 2012 2:36:46 PM

  9. The Obama administration could take a sharp lesson in the blueness,right-thing-to-do-ness and uncommon courage of these NJ state lawmakers; to take a uncompromising and proactive stand in word and deed. This is check and ballance at it's best.

    Posted by: Greg | Jan 25, 2012 2:50:49 PM

  10. @ Greg. I bet that Obama will do this after the next election. If Romney is the nominee, the Religious Right will sit on the sidelines because he is a Mormon. By bringing up the gay marriage issue at this time, it will create a rallying cry to motivate those forces.

    Smarter politically to wait.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jan 25, 2012 3:53:42 PM

  11. Aron
    He didnt threaten a veto

    Posted by: George M | Jan 25, 2012 5:07:25 PM

  12. Anon sorry

    Posted by: George M | Jan 25, 2012 5:12:53 PM

  13. Such comical irony! Ostensibly protecting the possibility of national political ambitions, Gov Christie shoots himself in the foot by suggesting that past and present civil rights struggles might be or might have been better settled by letting majorities vote on the rights of minorities. Talk about a "rookie mistake"!

    Posted by: Robert Baker | Jan 25, 2012 11:38:25 PM

  14. OK, I get that that graphic is supposed to be a stylized map of New Jersey .... but it looks like a cross-section of the lower digestive tract. Horrifying.

    Posted by: Atlanta Guy | Jan 26, 2012 6:48:55 AM

  15. If Gov. Christie agrees with marriage equality, he should sign the bill, if he's opposed he should veto it. Problem is, he doesn't have any courage, he wants the electorate to make up his mind for him, no matter how the popular vote goes, he wins! Another lazy populist in the manner of Mittens...spineless. Hey Gov Christie, why don't you go back to college and maybe you can get elected president of your frat...

    Posted by: Jeff B. | Jan 26, 2012 9:39:38 AM

  16. And now he nominates a gay man for the NJ Supreme Court - someone who no one in the community has ever heard of. Shouldn't he have nominated a LGBT person who actually stood?

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 26, 2012 5:09:21 PM

  17. hola lo siento por escribirte en espanol mi pregunta es estoy teniendo problemas para que me aprueben visitaciones para ver a mi esposo en el pricion razones por el cual cosie a mi esposo en el pricion, cual es la ley que dise que porque conosie a mi esposo,alli,mi esposo salio en el2004, despues de 6 anos medio le dijeron que tenia que regresar para atras porque lo habian dejado salir antes de tiempo,estamos casados,desde hase 7 anos y ellos no quieren que yo visite a mi esposo me puede imformar de la ley que dise que porque lo conosie alli no lo puedo visitar. gracias mrs:bottorff.

    Posted by: deydamia bottorff | Feb 18, 2012 10:54:38 PM

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