NJ Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Marriage Equality Bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a marriage equality bill passed by both houses of the legislature, the AP reports:

ChristieThe Republican governor returned the bill to the Legislature, saying he wants voters to decide whether New Jersey changes the definition of marriage. Democratic lawmakers say it's a civil rights issue that shouldn't be put up for a public vote. Lawmakers have until the end of the January 2014 legislative session to override the veto.

Read the veto document HERE.

Christie said in his veto that he would be creating an Ombudsman to enforce civil unions in the state:

"I include in my conditional veto the creation of a strong Ombudsman for Civil Unions to carry on New Jersey’s strong tradition of tolerance and fairness. The Ombudsman will be charged with increasing awareness of the law regarding civil unions, will provide a clear point of contact for those who have questions or concerns and will be required to report any evidence of the law being violated."

Christie promised earlier this week to take "swift action" to veto the bill if it reached his desk.

A two-thirds vote in each chamber is necessary to override Christie's veto, and can be attempted as many times as necessary until January 2014. A veto override in the House would require 12 more votes, and 3 more votes in the Senate.

GoldsteinGarden State Equality's Steven Goldstein released a statement earlier today, which read, in part:

Frankly, I don’t think Chris Christie has an anti-gay bone in his body, however much I cannot say the same about his impending veto.  His veto will be a brutally anti-gay act, pure and simple.

The Governor keeps calling for a referendum, which everyone knows will never happen in New Jersey.  To borrow the Governor’s words, it’s time for him to stop engaging in political theater.  Our lives are not La Cage Aux Folles:  LGBT people fall in love, raise families, often children whom the rest of society shuns, and pay taxes in what is still one of the most heavily taxed states in the country.

Our Governor knows our contributions to society.  He won’t veto the bill because he’s anti-gay.  He’ll veto the bill because the 2016 South Carolina Republican Presidential primary electorate is anti-gay.  And if I get flooded with letters now from Charleston, so be it.

And that’s what hurts so badly.   I like this Governor and am able to see him beyond the headlines.  When you are rejected by someone you want so badly to love you unconditionally – my own parents have taught me what that’s like – the pain is searing.  Rick Santorum I can live with.  Gerry Cardinale I can live with, too.  But Chris Christie’s rejection?  That hurts.

Governor, rest assured that even though I came of political age in an era where political adversaries could be friends – and if you’re game, we’ll continue that good relationship – Garden State Equality and I will continue to fight you on marriage equality with every bone in our bodies.  You would expect no less.

For us, this is not about politics.  This is about our fundamental American right to conduct our lives with a full life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Equality.

And until we achieve it, we will fight with our every last breath.  And we will win, so help me God.

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  1. Disgusting.

    Posted by: jason@soulartistmanagement.com | Feb 17, 2012 5:28:11 PM

  2. The statement that Christie "doesn't have an anti-gay bone in his body" is disingenuous, to say the least. His actions speak for themselves over the last weeks, from his characterization of his opponents to his selling out gay people to cover his ass if he wants to run for office. You don't slap people in the face and then tell them you're on their side. Shameful.

    Posted by: Frank OFile | Feb 17, 2012 5:28:20 PM

  3. Amen to that!! Well said, Steven.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Feb 17, 2012 5:28:25 PM

  4. Christie is an interesting character ( and yes I do live in NJ) He had to veto the bill as longs as he is a potential GOP vice presidential candidate. Perhaps once the election is over he moight change his mind- of course he is never getting the gay vote

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 17, 2012 5:29:23 PM

  5. May he live to rue what he did this day.

    Posted by: K in VA | Feb 17, 2012 5:33:26 PM

  6. He doesn't have an anti-gay bone in his body but doesn't mind stepping all over our rights for his political career. Get real. I imagine when Steve Goldstein tells Christie how hurt he is over this, Christie will pretend to care for half a second and then move on with his life.

    Posted by: KP | Feb 17, 2012 5:33:45 PM

  7. Boo Hiss to Christie

    Posted by: Gorio | Feb 17, 2012 5:34:18 PM

  8. Hang this lika an albatross around his neck. Let him be hooted and jeered where ever he shows his face. Chris Christie (the redundantly named) is a man who puts politics before principal. He stands in the way of love and life to do it.

    Posted by: yonquersconquers | Feb 17, 2012 5:35:56 PM

  9. Just called his office - wisely, he dropped this bomb at 5.30 on a Friday, when calls are transferred to voicemail.
    I don't even live in NJ and I will spend what I can to try to get him unseated in the next term. This is bigotry plain and simple.
    And for the Garden State Equality guy - yes, Christie has an anti-gay bone or two in his body. Enough with the political BS - he just entered the history books as the Bull Connor of Trenton.

    Posted by: willbnyc | Feb 17, 2012 5:36:02 PM

  10. He will ALWAYS be on the wrong side of history, with this veto. It is now a part of his legacy.

    Congratulations, Chris. If you do get the VP nod, this veto will still be a stain on your record. Well done! Coward.

    Posted by: Taylor | Feb 17, 2012 5:37:47 PM

  11. Goldstein is correct. This is simply about the political reality of the situation. Christie wants to be President and if he signed this bill, he could forget ever getting the nomination of his party, given its current demographic at the national level. It is unrealistic to think that he would give up his dream for the sake of signing a bill that he knows perfectly well will eventually become law, one way or another.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 17, 2012 5:41:20 PM

  12. So fat-boy Christie, acting cowardly, mistakenly thinks this veto will endear him to evangelicals & their ilk in 2016? Given his health problem, he may not make it that far.

    Posted by: Joseph | Feb 17, 2012 5:41:35 PM

  13. This has stained his record, permanently -- not only defying the wishes of the legislature, but slapping progress in the face.

    He will now NEVER be the president of the United States. By 2016, marriage equality will be in over half the U.S. states. He is an absolute bellyflop of a fool.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 17, 2012 5:42:29 PM

  14. no more hairstyles or fashion for Mrs. Christie --so sad!

    Posted by: David B. | Feb 17, 2012 5:43:15 PM

  15. Please New Jersey - work to throw his fat ass out of office. The man is a joke - one big fat homophobic joke.

    Posted by: OS2guy | Feb 17, 2012 5:43:46 PM

  16. Unless I'm misreading Mr. Goldstein's statement, he wants and needs Christie's unconditional love. Am I the only one who had a creepy WTF moment after reading that? The LBGT community needs a fighter and they get a needy male version of Oprah. The most charitable thing I can say about Mr. Goldstein is that he is trying to keep lines of communication open but for pete's sake that's a two way street Mr.G.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Feb 17, 2012 5:44:50 PM

  17. He just threw away any chance at all to be President.

    Posted by: TC | Feb 17, 2012 5:46:13 PM

  18. Can we get over the crap of "love the sinner, hate the sin"......as in, "we can be friends while you deprive us of our rights".

    Our rights are not some chip that can be cashed in by the tokenism of a Governor's bogus appeal to the lowest common denominator of the electorate.

    Our rights are not not negotiable; not tradable; not for sale; not subject to any one's approval.
    We are not asking for Equality; it is an inalienable right......

    Christie, "inalienable" means neither you nor your tokenist majority can deprive us. You have just shown yourself to be yet another fascist degrading a minority with your faux democratic pretensions.

    Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2012/02/nj-governor-chris-christie-vetoes-marriage-equality-bill.html#ixzz1mgLt0Df3

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 17, 2012 5:48:13 PM

  19. I had the same reaction, contrarian. A bizzare response.

    Posted by: K | Feb 17, 2012 5:49:56 PM

  20. @ RICK :

    So he Christie has sold his soul for some future power ambition;

    As Thomas Moore has said;

    "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world if he lose his soul. But for Attorney General for Wales ?"

    He has sold his soul and now we all know the price.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 17, 2012 5:53:18 PM

  21. "has an anti-gay bone in his body", what a delusional statement. Perhaps he did it to get the big ticket, but he won't. Thankfully also liberals and dems can vote. Make him one term gov.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 17, 2012 5:54:06 PM

  22. Garden State Equality is the same group that put out a giant press release praising Chris Christie for nominating a gay black man to NJ's Supreme Court. Who then turned out to be an arch-conservative who vowed to recuse himself from any gay marriage cases. Oh, a day after that press release? Christie did a press conference promising to veto gay marriage. I am starting to think New Jersey's premier gay rights group is thoroughly manipulated, or outright in the pocket of our conservative governor. What should we New Jerseyans do?

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | Feb 17, 2012 5:55:10 PM

  23. That release from Mr. Goldstein was TERRIBLE. Unconditional love? Bringing his parents into it? Who is this guy? They need a serious Communications Director over there...

    Posted by: anthony | Feb 17, 2012 5:55:48 PM

  24. Craven politician scum. But I'm just being redundant. And why would anyone who works as a servant of the people ever be expected to put doing the right thing ahead of his personal ambition? That's just business as usual. So understandable.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 17, 2012 5:58:58 PM

  25. I don't want unconditional love. I want the unconditional respect and rights that I've earned and deserve.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 17, 2012 6:02:18 PM

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