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Chris Christie: It's Not Time For Republicans To Drop Opposition to Gay Marriage


Gay marriage is legal in New Jersey, and Governor Chris Christie believes that the matter is for now "settled" in his home state. But Governor Christie does not think it's time for the Republican party to drop gay marriage as an issue.

TIME reports that Christie, speaking to reporters over the weekend at the National Governors Association, believes that the U.S. "will resolve this [issue] over a period of time,” and that legal resolutions "should be done state by state."

While the Republican party could feesibly pick up many young voters if it decreased its focus on social issues, including gay marriage, Christie says:

I don’t think that there’s going to be some major referee who’s going to say now it’s time to stop [with the gay marriage debate]...Certainly I’m not going to, because these are opinions that I feel strongly about.

When he was asked whether the U.S. might end up gravitating back toward "traditional" marriage despite the current trend in legal proceedings, Christie said: “I don’t know, I don’t have a crystal ball.”

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  1. I feel strongly about the sin of gluttony Gov. Christe.

    Posted by: robertL | Jul 14, 2014 11:20:20 AM

  2. When he was asked whether the U.S. might end up gravitating back toward "traditional" marriage despite the current trend in legal proceedings, Christie said: “I don’t know, I don’t have a crystal ball.”

    If he feels so strongly about the issue, why can't he envision a future where everyone finally "wakes up" to his way?

    I'll tell you why: deep down inside he knows he's wrong.

    Posted by: Brick | Jul 14, 2014 11:22:59 AM

  3. he's right - please don't drop opposition to gay marriage, republicans. it's one of the ways the rest of the country can watch hate filled bigots spew their oppressive, discriminatory policies.

    why not step up the debate? and please add more details about dogs and relatives. it's best we all know how you really feel before the fall elections.

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 14, 2014 11:27:50 AM

  4. Oh, you mean it is time right after the elections.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jul 14, 2014 11:28:02 AM

  5. Would anyone really take seriously an overweight liar in a fat suit?

    Posted by: Troy | Jul 14, 2014 11:31:49 AM

  6. this is just a bridge too far, Christie..

    Posted by: David | Jul 14, 2014 11:33:17 AM

  7. He also thinks this is just a disagreement and that you have to respect people who "disagree" on same-sex marriage. That this is about people's lives is incomprehensible to him and his ilk.

    Posted by: Another Steve | Jul 14, 2014 11:33:50 AM

  8. So does he imply that there WILL be a time?

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 14, 2014 11:36:55 AM

  9. It's interesting that he is saying here that it's not the time for the GOP to drop opposition to marriage equality, when that's exactly what HE did in his own state. He dropped the case when he could just as easily appealed up to the Supreme Court. It's a classic "do as I say, not as I do" stance. He thinks that southerners and midwesterners are stupid enough to not realize that and will vote for him in the primaries. Sigh, and maybe he's right.

    Posted by: Jere | Jul 14, 2014 11:45:49 AM

  10. "We need to focus on not stopping our opposition to gay marriage so that we can forget about scandals involving abuse of power for political retribution, incompetent cancellation of job-creating civil infrastructure projects, and misappropriation of transit funds to pay for things the tax increases we swore we'd never pass should have covered. Not that I know anything about these things - its all my staff's fault. Hey, look - homos kissing!"

    Posted by: Kema Choinach | Jul 14, 2014 11:48:57 AM

  11. How many fat lies can he fit into one statement? (Many!)

    No, Governor, you don't feel strongly about it; you never have. No, it's not "at the moment" settled law in NJ, "absent a change in the legislature." It's settled law, period, and a change in the legislature wouldn't change anything. And he knows perfectly well, even without a crystal ball, how this issue is going to go. He's playing his political cards (the national ones, not the NJ ones), which is his only interest in marriage equality.

    Equally hilarious were Scott Walker's statements insisting that only "the left" is pushing the marriage issues whereas Republicans "haven't been talking about this." Right, the Republicans are only interested in the economy; they'd never be interested in intruding on the rights of gay people or women, never!

    Expect more of this as national marriage equality gets closer and closer to being reality: Republicans pretending that they never cared about the issue, never tried to use it to score points with the homophobic base.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 14, 2014 11:51:33 AM

  12. Will you shut the hell up and go eat something.

    Posted by: Sean | Jul 14, 2014 11:53:28 AM

  13. OK, then, fine, Gov. Christie. You think you and your wretched Republican reprobates shouldn't drop your opposition to marriage equality because "these are opinions that [you] feel strongly about"? Well, then, I won't drop my nearly-implacable opposition to the diseased pestilence that is christianity and will work tirelessly to expose that perfidious religion as the cancer on American society and the American body-politic that I truly believe it is.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 14, 2014 11:53:38 AM

  14. @Jere: True, he could have appealed it to the NJ Supreme Court, but he knew he'd lose post-Windsor because NJ (gay) CUs were clearly no longer equal to NJ (straight) marriages, which was mandated by a 2006 NJ Supreme Court decision. But, you're right, it is ironic (and crafty--Christie's specialty) that he's encouraging other Republicans to do what he had sense enough to stop doing.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 14, 2014 12:00:32 PM

  15. As a governor, you don't get to force your " opinions " into laws. Your job is to abide by the constitution, which protects all citizens from legalized bigotry and discrimination. Period.

    Posted by: Tre | Jul 14, 2014 12:03:36 PM

  16. Yes it is.

    Posted by: Raybob | Jul 14, 2014 12:17:13 PM

  17. A weak attempt to pander to the wing-nut wing of the GOP.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jul 14, 2014 12:35:08 PM

  18. Whoring for votes.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 14, 2014 12:35:18 PM

  19. That phony slob will do anything to appeal to vicious social conservatives. As if he had even a prayer of winning the GOP presidential primary.

    Posted by: Richard | Jul 14, 2014 12:42:41 PM

  20. "When he was asked whether the U.S. might end up gravitating back toward "traditional" marriage despite the current trend in legal proceedings". That's such a strange statement implying that traditional marriage is on the wane because same sex marriage is legal in some states. I've never seen evidence to that effect.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Jul 14, 2014 12:59:18 PM

  21. That tells you what an asswipe he is. Pandering to the extreme right for the vote tells you he's not a man of principal. Well, thats a nice way of saying he's a scumbag that cannot be trusted even if he try to sell you a car.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Jul 14, 2014 1:06:38 PM

  22. Windbag.

    Posted by: Jude | Jul 14, 2014 1:28:27 PM

  23. We are well past the tipping point on this issue nationally, and Republicans who can't let go are just digging their own political graves. (Please insert your own "size of Christie grave" joke here.)

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 14, 2014 1:30:20 PM

  24. @ Bill ; (Note - I'm a different person with the same name) One would surmise that Christie is planning on running for president and is cozying up the right-wing crazies in the Republican party - the ones who show up in disproportionate numbers during the primaries. He'll downplay the issue if he gets nominated, but first he has to get nominated.

    There's a word that describes such people that is also used to describe "sex workers", but in comparison at least the sex workers can claim that what they do is an honest living in comparison.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 14, 2014 1:39:33 PM

  25. Bill, I think you are calling him a whore, a vote whore to be exact. Its OK to call it what it is. He really really wants all the crazy republicans that vote in primaries to know that he really really does hate gays, women, blacks, hispanics, young people etc. Really.

    Posted by: Urbane | Jul 14, 2014 1:57:35 PM

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