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Chris Christie Told 'Bigot Go Home' Outside of Scott Brown Fundraiser in Boston: VIDEO


Demonstrators angry about Chris Christie's veto of a marriage equality bill condemned the New Jersey governor when he arrived in Boston last night to endorse Senator Scott Brown at a fundraiser.

Cnn_christieOur tipster Matthew writes:

About 50 people showed up in Boston’s Copley Square on the frigid evening of Monday, March 5, 2012 to speak out against the appearance of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at a fundraiser for Republican Senator Scott Brown at the Westin Hotel. Christie angered equality advocates across the country on February 17, 2012 when he vetoed legislation which would have allowed same-sex couples to marry in the Garden State. The New Jersey Assembly passed same-sex marriage legislation by a vote of 42-33; the State Senate approved the bill on a vote of 24-16.

JTIMA Clerk Don Gorton emceed the event and pointed out that Christie’s appearance underscored Senator Brown’s stubborn opposition to marriage equality. “Bigots of a feather  ...” read one of the signs held up by protestors. Gorton said Christie’s veto was a temporary setback on an “inexorable path” to full federal equality. Gorton denounced the national Republican Party as an “obstacle” to LGBT equality.  “Same-sex marriage is the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” Gorton concluded. Activists will continue the fight as long as it takes.

Other speakers included James Croft of JTIMA and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; John Affuso, Political Co-Chair of the Boston Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign; and Ethan Harrison, Co-Chair of JTIMA. Mass Uniting and Jobs for Justice co-sponsored. The protest coincided with a separate demonstration calling attention to the financial support Brown receives from big oil and his opposition to measures to stop climate change.

After the speeches, protestors from both groups marched across Huntington Avenue to the sidewalk in front of the Westin Hotel, where they held signs denouncing Christie and Brown and chanted. A popular refrain was “Chris Christie Go Away/You’re Not Welcome in MA.” Attendees at the Scott Brown fundraising reception watched the protests from the windowed reception room on the 3rd floor of the Westin’s Copley Square location.

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  1. I think this is EXACTLY what needs to happen. Perhaps people like Christie needs to see crowds of angry citizens chastizing them for their ignorance.

    Posted by: DiatribesAndOvationsTovation | Mar 6, 2012 10:09:19 AM

  2. Don Gorton is a true hero of the gay rights movement!

    Posted by: wisebear | Mar 6, 2012 10:29:48 AM

  3. I say we put Christie's tax-payer underwritten meals up for a vote.

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 6, 2012 10:38:49 AM

  4. They're lucky he didn't eat them.

    Posted by: jomicur | Mar 6, 2012 10:47:47 AM

  5. Tell Chris Christie that civil rights are not up to a vote.

    Posted by: zeddy | Mar 6, 2012 11:14:53 AM

  6. I just saw this photo the other day. It's a comparison of Governors O'Malley and Christie, obviously meant to be humorous, but there's some truth in it too.

    All I have to say in both cases is D*AMN! Though for different reasons.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 6, 2012 11:26:27 AM

  7. This is fantastic! Thanks for picking up the story. Get some Direct Action with Join the Impact MA at !

    Posted by: James Croft | Mar 6, 2012 1:51:32 PM

  8. Literally that happened across the street from where I work and didn't even know it happened.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 6, 2012 3:29:42 PM

  9. @Sam Nothing really happens until it gets on the internet. So you didn't miss anything. Now you're part of it.

    Posted by: true colors showing | Mar 6, 2012 4:55:24 PM

  10. Christie looks like he ate Abott and Costello.

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 6, 2012 5:50:35 PM

  11. Let's also remember that Scott Brown is no friend of the Community either!

    Posted by: mtmslg | Mar 6, 2012 7:14:12 PM

  12. @sam...maybe because you dont care? maybe because making snarky (lame) comments on here is the only way you give back to the gay community? either way, step aside as REAL men fight for their rights

    Posted by: Triggerc | Mar 7, 2012 2:28:24 AM

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