Chris Christie | Gay Marriage | New Jersey | News

BigGayDeal.com

NJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora Introduces Bill to Allow Voters to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) announced a bill in New Jersey that would allow voters to bring marriage equality to the state, the Star-Ledger reports:

GuscioraGusciora said he has been opposed to putting a civil rights question like marriage equality up to a popular vote. But the Assemblyman — New Jersey's first openly gay legislator — said his constituents asked him to change his mind in light of last month's election results.

"I am the last person who believes civil rights should be on the ballot, but civil rights delayed is civil rights denied," Gusciora said. "The timing is right. There is broader acceptance."

Modeled after the Maine ballot question, the bill, (A3611) would need support in both houses of the Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie's signature to become law. The measure would then be added to the following election-year ballot.

Gusciora said he expects the governor would sign his bill. Christie does not personally support gay marriage but has said he would sign a bill giving voters the right to decide the issue. "This is exactly what the Governor wants," he added.

Said Christie in January: "Let's put the question of same sex marriage on the ballot. It shouldn't be decided by 121 people in Trenton."

In November, NJ Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg disagreed with a ballot strategy, saying: I still don’t believe we should put civil rights onto a referendum."

Polls have shown that voters both support same-sex marriage, and would like to vote on it.

Feed This post's comment feed

Comments

  1. Noooo - The NJ SC states (2-3yrs ago now) that CIVIL Unions were NOT fair- and that the state needed to FIX the situation...so far, NOTHING. Having People Vote on RIGHTS..No, thanks but NO thanks!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 11, 2012 7:49:11 AM


  2. When is the NJ Supreme court case about the supposed "equality" of Civil Unions supposed to be heard and decided? This case to force the state to legalalize marriage equality has been in the system for quite a while now.

    Posted by: anonymous | Dec 11, 2012 8:05:40 AM


  3. No no no! Fundamental rights are not put to a popular vote. We can't allow it. WI, ME, MN, and MD were great victories. But this should NOT be our strategy. On principle.

    Posted by: Lars | Dec 11, 2012 8:08:03 AM


  4. I think that it is a self-centered short-sighted strategy.

    While LGBTs probably could win a referendum in New Jersey, this would legitimize an unfair situation and undermine the Prop 8 case in the SCOTUS, thus dooming LGBT couples in the Southern US for several years.

    I think LGBts should instead focus on the courts and on getting a majority to override Christie's veto.

    Posted by: F Young | Dec 11, 2012 8:53:46 AM


  5. In terms of strategy, the issue of marriage equality would fair best during a presidential election. Younger voters tend to show up at the polls in greater numbers during presidential elections. This would be much harder to accomplish during an of-year election.

    Also, issues of rights should not be decided by popular vote. This is a founding principal of the country.

    Posted by: Charlie | Dec 11, 2012 8:54:37 AM


  6. Self-serving. And in a few months it's not going to matter. The fed will give us marriage equality, trumping all states laws.

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 11, 2012 8:59:36 AM


  7. Whether or not this issue comes to a vote by the people of New Jersey, we GLBT folk are writing history as the only minority that has been required to win our equality legislatively, judicially, and at the ballot box, as well as in the court of public opinion. Oddly a point of pride - for us; and shame - for our nation.

    Posted by: Richard | Dec 11, 2012 9:40:34 AM


  8. Interesting...this will end up on the ballot for the same election where Christie will be looking to be re-elected. It will energize the liberal base and bring them out to vote...not a good result for Christie. Maybe this will suddenly (and conveniently) evolve on this issue.

    Posted by: kjpnyd | Dec 11, 2012 9:58:56 AM


  9. Just because it's been introduced doesn't mean it's necessarily going to happen. I agree, NJ would probably vote for equality on ballot but our rights should never be up for vote and the NJ legislators need to stick with that.

    With that said, if it does happen and they win, it's another state with equality. And that's not a bad thing whatsoever, obviously.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 11, 2012 10:26:54 AM


  10. I know its wrong to put our rights to a vote but its also wrong that we still don't have equal rights. I think its time to look at reality - Christie is not going to throw out his veto and as long as he is in power the GOP in Trenton won't dare vote against him. His Hurricane Sandy response basically gaurantees his re-election. The NJ Supreme Court case is going nowhere fast. Some predict it won't be settled until 2015. Right now I think a vote is our best option. It sucks but its the truth.

    I wonder how Garden State Equality is going to react. They have been steady with the "People should not vote" mantra. However, its been months since the veto and there has been absolutely no updates on an override vote. January 2014 will be here before we know it. "Hoping Cory Booker runs" is not a great strategy.

    Posted by: KT | Dec 11, 2012 10:42:07 AM


  11. I know its wrong to put our rights to a vote but its also wrong that we still don't have equal rights. I think its time to look at reality - Christie is not going to throw out his veto and as long as he is in power the GOP in Trenton won't dare vote against him. His Hurricane Sandy response basically gaurantees his re-election. The NJ Supreme Court case is going nowhere fast. Some predict it won't be settled until 2015. Right now I think a vote is our best option. It sucks but its the truth.

    I wonder how Garden State Equality is going to react. They have been steady with the "People should not vote" mantra. However, its been months since the veto and there has been absolutely no updates on an override vote. January 2014 will be here before we know it. "Hoping Cory Booker runs" is not a great strategy.

    Posted by: KT | Dec 11, 2012 10:42:08 AM


  12. This is timed to help the Democrat running against Christie this year. Probably Cory Booker.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 11, 2012 10:47:01 AM


  13. Fathead Cristie will always find an excuse to go back on his words and refuse to sign.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 11, 2012 11:13:52 AM


  14. I think when Christie said put it to the ballot he didn't mean in a year when he was on it also. I think this might play out against Christie in the long run. If Cory Booker is on the ticket and so is gay marriage then Chtristie's going to be shaking in his boots.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 11, 2012 11:43:36 AM


  15. "we GLBT folk are writing history as the only minority that has been required to win our equality legislatively, judicially, and at the ballot box"

    No. Not really.

    Both the women's suffrage movement and African Americans had to use a variety of court, legislative and referendum to obtain their wins. The Civil Rights act was legislative, integration of military was executive, integration of schools was judicial. Ballot referendums became more popular in the late 20th century with more states adopting the process than before, but there were occasions along the way where they were used as well to create state-level movement.

    Our movement is awesome but it's not unique by any means. It's following a well-worn path of three-part strategy.

    Posted by: Clarknt67 | Dec 11, 2012 12:49:46 PM


  16. This is merely a ruse to help with Christie's election strategy. Why help him out when he has done zero for the gay community? Do not let him off the hook!

    Posted by: niles | Dec 11, 2012 2:44:30 PM


  17. When gay marriage is put to a vote, the voting booth becomes a stall in a mens room. Left to their own devices, with privacy, most voters cannot picture themselves voting for that activity. Of course gays fear public vote. They discover they are not as popular as Ryan Murphy would have you believe.

    Posted by: Gary | Dec 12, 2012 12:19:25 PM


Post a comment







Trending


« «D.C. Radio Hosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin Spew Disgusting Transphobic Rant: AUDIO« «