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Rachel Maddow On Gay Marriage In New Jersey And Chris Christie's Democratic Challenger: VIDEO


On Friday night, Rachel Maddow dug into the impact of the landmark ruling out of New Jersey that will allow same-sex couples to get married starting tomorrow at 12:01 AM, despite Governor Chris Christie's repeated attempts to thwart the efforts of marriage equality advocates. Maddow called attention to a strategy that has been seen across the country and has proven particularly effective in advancing the cause of same-sex marriage: "While marriage rights are still being adjudicated, just get married." As Maddow put it, "Once you have married same-sex couples in your state or city, it’s hard for anybody to say for those non-hypothetical flesh and blood real couples with real stories you can meet and look in the eye, it’s hard to look at those folks and say there’s a state interest in unmarrying you."

Maddow also interviewed Governor Christie's Democratic challenger in the upcoming New Jersey gubernatorial election, State Senator Barbara Buono. Buono criticized Christie on a number of issues, key amongst them his stance on gay rights. Referring to his comments at a recent debate about how he would respond if he had a son or daughter that came out to him as gay and whether that would sway his position on same-sex marriage, Buono countered "Our gay brothers and sisters don't need a hug, they need to be treated as equals."

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  1. The idea of "turbo-charging" the eventual outcome is great!! Just hope it doesn't take too heavy an emotional toll on those couples who may have to wait. That's a personal decision, though. Keep the pressure up, I say!!

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 20, 2013 1:30:02 PM

  2. Andy, these video ads that come up automatically need to go.

    Very distracting from the story I was trying to listen to. I turn it off and it keeps coming back on. Pleeeeeeese get rid of these!!! UGH.

    Posted by: Will | Oct 20, 2013 2:50:51 PM

  3. Will, use a better browser.

    Posted by: ger | Oct 20, 2013 3:23:15 PM

  4. Adblock, anyone?

    Posted by: Proper Gander | Oct 20, 2013 5:57:18 PM

  5. Christie is a liar, a bully, a cheat, a hypocrite...a psychopath

    $24 million for a senatorial election 3 weeks before Nov 5 to prevent any possibility of booker helping buono's numbers

    plus 18.5% increase in property taxes since he took office

    I wish to god the dnc--and Obama--would support this woman

    Posted by: t | Oct 20, 2013 7:03:40 PM

  6. Xhubda

    Posted by: hyhhfd | Oct 20, 2013 9:44:00 PM

  7. You're out of luck Will. Andy has determined that he needs to monitize his site and if that means putting 100 videos all over the site with popup ads that is what he's going to do.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Oct 20, 2013 11:19:05 PM

  8. While Governor Christie wisely withdraws his appeal of the gay marriage ruling, protesters in NJ still cry how "unlawful gay marriage is in the eyes of God" harking back to a less enlightened time when the notion of gay marriage was inconceivable. Take a look

    Posted by: sally Edelstein | Oct 21, 2013 11:44:19 AM

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