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Seven New Jersey High Schoolers Charged With Hazing-Related Sex Crimes - VIDEO

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Six of seven New Jersey high school students are being held in police custody this week after being charged for hazing-related sexual assault crimes. Acting as members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School football team, the accused teenagers are said to have restrained, abused, and inappropriately touched four fellow teammates. Families of the arrested teenagers are awaiting preliminary decisions that will determine whether students, whose ages range from 15-17, will be charged prosecuted as minors or adults.

"Everything revolves around getting the kids ready to play Bomber football," Cary Melenez, a local resident explained of her city.

The allegations have shaken parents and school administrators concerned for the well being of their children and students. Though not known for churning out star football players, Sayreville’s culture revolves heavily around football participation. The implications of a scandal like this have prompted a number of vocal protestations. In light of the developing case, Sayreville school superintendent made the executive decision to cancel the remainder of the high school's fall football season. 

"In the ensuing days, weeks, and months," Sayreville school superintendent Richard Labbe said in a statement, "we will come together as a school district and greater community to harness the strength required to support the young men who may have been victimized and then to begin the healing process for our beloved community."

ChristieChris Christie echoed the superintendents intentions of exhaustively delving into the specifics of the case in hopes of exposing the truth of the events and sending a clear message.

"The facts as reported currently are extraordinarily disturbing, and as the father of a number of teenage athletes, the idea that that kind of conduct could be permitted -- if it's true ... in a high school athletics program, or anywhere else in our state for that matter, is absolutely unacceptable."

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Chris Christie: Gay Marriage Should Not Be 'Imposed' From the Supreme Court

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Saying that each state "should have the ability to decide on their own," New Jersey governor and likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said earlier today that the issue of gay marriage should not be 'imposed' from the Supreme Court.

NJ.com reports:

“We’ve resolved that issue in New Jersey through the courts,” he said. “We are now moving forward as an administration in terms of enforcing the law as the court has interpreted it and each state should their opportunity to be able to make that decision through their process.”

However, Christie said gay marriage shouldn’t be decided by the nation’s high court.

“I do not believe that this is something that should be imposed from the United States Supreme Court down to the states,” he said.

Christie, who has always been opposed to same-sex marriage, added that he's enforced his own state's high cout ruling last year permitting gay marriage "vigorously" and "made sure that it was enforced fairly and directly in this state."

Back in July, Christie reiterated his belief that Republicans shouldn't give up their opposition to gay marriage just yet.

Perhaps once 2016 comes around though?


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

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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.”


Monday Speed Read: Darrin Gayles, Barbara Crabb, Wisconsin, AMA, Rick Perry, Chris Christie

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

TEST VOTE TODAY ON NOMINATION: Gayles

The U.S. Senate will hold a vote today on whether to proceed with consideration of Darrin Gayles, President Obama’s nominee to a U.S. district court seat in Miami. If the Senate votes to proceed, then it will vote Tuesday morning on whether to confirm. If confirmed, Gayles will be the first African American openly gay man named to the federal bench.

WISCONSIN RULING STAYED: Crabb

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb issued an order Friday, saying she “cannot ignore” the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay a challenge to a same-sex marriage ban in Utah, and so she must grant a stay of her own decision in a similar case in Wisconsin. In the 13-page order, Crabb also set out the specifics of what her ruling requires, if and when it does go into effect: that Wisconsin county clerks cannot deny a marriage license to a couple because both applicants are the same sex. But she denied plaintiff couples’ request to stipulate that, on the birth certificates of children born to married same-sex couples, the names of both parents be listed. Crabb said that issue would have to be resolved in “another forum.”

Wisconsin555 COUPLES ALREADY MARRIED:

The Associated Press reported that, as of last Thursday, 555 same-sex couples had gotten married in Wisconsin, following federal Judge Barbara Crabb’s June 6 ruling that the state ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional.

AMA SUPPORTS BIRTH CERTIFICATE POLICY:

AmaThe American Medical Association announced this month that the annual meeting of its House of Delegates adopted a policy opposing the requirement that a person certify he or she has undergone surgical gender reassignment in order to obtain “clinically appropriate” birth certificates. The policy approved June 9 supports allowing for a change in sex designation “based upon verification by a physician that the individual has undergone gender transition according to applicable medical standards of care.” Currently, only California, Vermont, and Washington state allow corrections to birth certificates without certification of surgery. The final resolution has not yet been posted by the AMA but its initial report can be read here.

Rick_perryGOVERNOR PERRY ON BEING BORN THIS WAY:

At a public affairs forum in San Francisco last Wednesday night, Texas Governor Rick Perry was asked a question from an audience member who wanted to know, “Do you think homosexuals can be cured by prayer or counseling?” Perry looked genuinely stumped, saying, “I don’t know. I don’t. I’m not a psychiatrist or doctor….” “Is it a disorder?” asked the forum moderator. “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” said Perry. “…I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."

ChristieCHRISTIE DISAGREES WITH PERRY’S ANALOGY:

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie was in San Francisco two days after Texas Governor Rick Perry compared being gay to alcoholism and reporters asked whether he agreed with Perry’s remarks. “I will just say that I disagree them,” said Christie, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “and I don’t believe that is an apt analogy and not one that should be made –because I think it is wrong. But you know, every governor or official needs to speak for themselves on these issues. I just spoke for myself.” Christie was in town campaigning on behalf of California’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.

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Chris Christie Reacts to Rick Perry's Comparison of Homosexuality to Alcoholism: VIDEO

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In San Francisco on Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was asked about Texas Governor Rick Perry's recent remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and whether the GOP and the Republican Governors Association should disavow Perry's comments.

Said Christie, who leads the RGA: "I disagree with them. I don't believe that's an apt analogy and not one that should be made because I think it's wrong. Every governor and public official needs to speak for themselves on these issues. I just spoke for myself."

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Thursday Speed Read: Pennsylvania Gets Equality, New Jersey an Equality Justice

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

PENNSYLVANIA IS FINAL; NO APPEAL: Corbett

Republican Governor Tom Corbett announced Wednesday that his administration will not appeal a federal district court decision Tuesday that declared the state ban on same-sex couples marrying to be unconstitutional. Corbett had vowed in recent to defend the law, but he issued a statement May 21 saying an appeal would be “extremely unlikely to succeed.” “I continue to maintain the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Corbett. “My duties as Governor require that I follow the laws as interpreted by the Courts and make a judgment as to the likelihood of a successful appeal….The court has spoken, and I will ensure that my administration follows the provisions of Judge Jones’ order with respect for all parties.” And with that, Pennsylvania, the sixth most populous state, becomes the 19th state plus the District of Columbia with marriage equality. The marriage equality states include 44 percent of the nation’s population.

PasqualePENNSYLVANIA AUDITOR SPOKE UP:

Even before the release of the court decision declaring Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex couples marrying unconstitutional, the state’s chief fiscal officer urged the governor against an appeal. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a press release May 8, saying it is “unquestionably unfair” to make same-sex couples pay an estimated $1,600 more per year in state taxes because of the ban. And he said it was unwise for the state to pay as much as $400 an hour in legal fees to defend the ban against several lawsuits while the Pennsylvania budget is facing a $1 billion shortfall.

WolfCORBETT COMPETITOR URGED NO APPEAL, TOO:

Democratic businessman Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett not to appeal the federal district court decision that the state ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional. Wolf, who won Tuesday’s Democratic primary with 58 percent of the vote, said he agrees with the court’s decision.

Cbs_christieNJ’S CHRISTIE REAPPOINTS CHIEF JUSTICE:

Lambda Legal and other legal groups had expressed concerns in recent months that New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie might decline to reappoint the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. Rabner wrote a critical opinion supporting the declaration that the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying to be unconstitutional. But on Wednesday, Christie announced that he will reappoint Rabner to the position and that, despite his disagreement with Rabner on some decisions, “my respect for him has never been diminished.”

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