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NJ Governor Chris Christie Says He'll Appeal Ruling Legalizing Gay Marriage

Hours after Judge Mary Jacobson said that New Jersey's constitution is being violated by a ban on same-sex marriage and ordered it to be lifted by October 21st, Governor Chris Christie's administration said it would appeal the ruling, the AP reports:

ChristieOn Friday, Christie refused to take questions about the ruling, instead issuing a brief statement through a spokesman.

“Gov. Christie has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day,” said spokesman Michael Drewniak. “Since the Legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”

Christie vetoed a marriage equality bill passed by both houses of the legislature in February 2012. A legislative override of that veto has been gaining steam in recent weeks, with several prominent Republicans announcing that they would be on the side of equality.

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  1. I don't know the figures, but can we assume the polls are saying the majority in NJ support gay marriage now? This asshat is just digging in his heels, and it's pathetic and mean-spirited. I don't wish anyone harm, but if a mild heart attack didn't kill him but would put him out of office... Well, I wouldn't shed many tears...

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Sep 28, 2013 10:39:26 AM

  2. If Mr Christie wishes to put the happiness of his state's LGBT CITIZENS to a vote, maybe we should turn the tables & put the marriage rights of blondes or brunettes or persons with blue-eyes to a vote. After all, I was born GAY, just as others are born heterosexual; inborn traits such as hair color, eye color or sexual identity MUST NOT be voted on for validation. I am gay, I am happy as a gay man in a long-term relationship & I WILL NOT give up my right to happiness. If I have to move to another state, so be it. My happiness is not up for a vote!

    Posted by: dam846201 | Sep 28, 2013 10:46:34 AM

  3. I watched an interview, earlier this week with Meghan McCain, on the Piers Morgan show, and she really slammed Christie overall. She stated that she saw him at a recent convention and that when he got up to the podium all he did was talk on and on about himself. She wasn't impressed.
    It appears that there are many people, both Republican and Democrat, who don't like Christie.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 28, 2013 11:01:59 AM

  4. No matter how hard he tries, Chris Christie will never get the Tea Party crazies to love him. All he's doing is alienating the less insane majority of the American public.

    It could be that we have reached a point in our national politics where in order for Republican candidates to win their party's presidential nomination they have to go so far into crazyland that they will never be able to find their way back to the middle for the general election. It happened to Mittens and it will happen to Christie, too.

    Posted by: Ninong | Sep 28, 2013 11:13:36 AM

  5. As a front runner for the 2016 republican presidential nomination this is the position he has to take. Is there any state wide elected republican that is for marriage equality?

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 28, 2013 11:15:25 AM

  6. He's on the backside of history and trapped in a horrible position of trailing the polls rather than leading them. By 2016 this issue will be a millstone around his neck.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 28, 2013 11:28:27 AM

  7. Of course he'll appeal the ruling, poor dear!

    Posted by: kodiak | Sep 28, 2013 11:28:57 AM

  8. Appeal it to who? Is there a higher judicial authority in NJ than the state Supreme Court?

    Posted by: jomicur | Sep 28, 2013 11:34:42 AM

  9. nasty fat anti-gay scum, a true face of "moderate" republicans

    Posted by: litper | Sep 28, 2013 11:34:47 AM

  10. He's pandering to the bronze age ass hats that don't believe in science. His base.

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 28, 2013 11:42:22 AM

  11. So, let's see, Chris. "The will of the voters" through their elected representatives in their state's legislature sent you a bill to legalise marriage equality and you vetoed it.

    Now, in a court challenge to marriage inequality that resulted in a judge's ruling that such inequality violates the State of New Jersey's constitution, you have decided you will appeal the ruling.

    The ball has bounced into your court twice now, Chris, and you have shown your true, reactionary colours.

    Chris, if you believe in the "will of the voters" and you think it is OK to let voters decide the civil rights of certain citizens, then how about we get a petition going to place on the ballot in November as to whether or not obese, slovenly, unkempt men (like yourself) should be allowed to run and be elected as governor of New Jersey?

    It's only fair, Chris. Otherwise, admit it. You're a bigot, no better than those evangelical reprobates and Tea Battys of the Republican Party who make it their sworn duty to pursue every avenue of hate they can in their never-ending quest to oppress and persecute LGBTQ people.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 28, 2013 11:50:47 AM

  12. the ruling came from the superior court. the jersey supreme court is higher. that's where he'll appeal it.
    but he'll lose, as it was the NJ supreme court that said the state must treat gay couples equally--the ruling that prompted the civil unions law.
    that law is now outdated because the feds don't recognize civil unions when granting benefits, tax breaks, etc., so the supreme court will back up the superior (lower) court judge.

    Posted by: woody | Sep 28, 2013 12:26:40 PM

  13. They say he's smart. I say he's dumb.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 28, 2013 12:29:16 PM

  14. He'll appeal, he'll lose, he'll waste lots of time and money, and he'll temporarily prevent gay couples from the rights they are due under the Constitution. All to win over the Republican wingnut base in 2016. Integrity.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 28, 2013 12:45:26 PM

  15. Wouldn't it be easier to take away the staight peoples' benefits and rights? Let's see how that will play out.

    Posted by: Lues | Sep 28, 2013 12:54:43 PM

  16. "let the state supreme court rule". it takes it out of his hands, he appeases the hate element of his party, "oh, I tried to fight it". his reaction if he loses will be the most telling.

    Posted by: TITUS | Sep 28, 2013 1:18:48 PM

  17. What a dope! This was his way out. He could have got himself out of an uncomfortable issue and just blamed it on the courts and gone on. He obviously isn't the sharpest tool in the shed!

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Sep 28, 2013 2:01:30 PM

  18. He has serious problems, if he doesn't show his very conservative credentials he won't have a chance at being the chosen one by Republicans, the problem is dropping the moderate credential will cost him the election if he is the chosen one.
    And it's exactly the same for all Republican moderates

    Posted by: jjose712 | Sep 28, 2013 2:08:01 PM

  19. @Jim Stone : ...and that was my first thought, too, but... I don't understand enough about the US legal system(s) and court(s), to know if my opinion is naïve.

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Sep 28, 2013 2:10:45 PM

  20. I can not vote for Chris for President. I will vote Libertarian Party over him if he is the nominee. He is too fiscally liberal and too socially conservative for my blood.

    Posted by: Matt Munson | Sep 28, 2013 2:17:10 PM

  21. He's not going to get the Republican Nomination no matter how right he tries to make himself seem. The GOP consider him too moderate and too Obama friendly.

    Posted by: Derrick | Sep 28, 2013 2:22:49 PM

  22. Gee, I wonder what Chris Christie thinks of the Civil Rights acts and movements of the 1960s. Sound like he would oppose them because of the will of the majority voters.

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 28, 2013 2:53:23 PM

  23. Christie either:
    1)Doesn't believe gay people deserve the same civil rights as other Americans (bigot) or,
    2)Thinks its OK to trade our civil rights for political gain (whore).

    Neither will get him elected president in 2016 or any other election.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 28, 2013 3:28:14 PM

  24. Surprise surprise.... now watch the selfish disgusting NJ people apathetically look the other way!

    Sorry the majority of NJ cares more about $5 extra in their pocket under Christie then giving their fellow Americans equality... but that's NJ patriotism for you!

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 28, 2013 4:01:44 PM

  25. If a marriage equality amendment is what Christie wants and the courts will not be the final arbiter before the election, I would work the amendment against Christie. The campaign should run "Vote YES on marriage equality, vote NO on Christie!"

    The man is a pig, both physically and intellectually. He will never be president. He'll probably never even get the nomination, but if he should, he'll find his national appeal does not mirror his appeal to New jersey voters.

    I hope his stance of putting a group's civil rights up for a popular vote comes back to bite him in his morbidly obese butt.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 28, 2013 4:12:48 PM

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