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04/19/2007


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

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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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Christie: NJ Will Comply with Court's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

ChrischristieFollowing the New Jersey Supreme Court's ruling today giving the go-ahead for same-sex marriage to begin on Monday, Governor Chris Christie's press secretary Michael Drewniak released the following statement:

"The Supreme Court has made its determination. While the Governor firmly believes that this determination should be made by all the people of the State of New Jersey, he has instructed the Department of Health to cooperate with all municipalities in effectuating the order of the Superior Court under the applicable law."


NJ Governor Chris Christie: I'd Tell My Gay Child They Shouldn't Have the Right to Marry

Just last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono took sitting governor Chris Christie to task on his same-sex marriage views. Yesterday the subject was broached again, this time in the second and final debate between the two candidates. Christie took on Buono's personalization of gay rights (her daughter is openly gay), applying it to his own family. The results were mixed.

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Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that if one of his four children came out as gay, he would “grab them and hug them and tell them I love them.

”He would also tell them “that Dad believes that marriage is between one man and one woman,” he said.

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“My children understand that there are going to be differences of opinion in our house and in houses all across this state and across this country,” Christie said. He said he would respect voters if they approved gay marriage, but said the decision does not belong to the courts or the legislature.

Governor Christie's new statement seemed aimed at displaying his human and emotional side while maintaining the conservative values he has upheld repeatedly around this topic. It did not, however, seem to take into account how a child may actually feel should their parents not support them or their desire to marry. 

Will this debate impact Christie's campaign? A recent Monmouth University poll places Christie ahead of Buono by 24 points. The chances are looking slim, but perhaps we will see some shift.


New Jersey Supreme Court To Consider 'Emergency' Gay Marriage Appeal

SipIn response to Governor Chris Christie's "emergency" filing, appealing a lower court's decision to uphold Judge Mary Jacobson's ruling that same-sex marriage must be made legal in the Garden State following the destruction of section 3 of DOMA in United States v. Windsor earlier this year, the New Jersey state Supreme Court decided to consider the merits of the case in question and the request for a stay. If granted, the stay would prevent same-sex couples from marrying while the court decided whether to uphold or reverse Judge Jacobson's decision.

As the AP reports, in Christie's filing he argued that New Jersey's Supreme Court should consider the marriage equality case because no one judge should be allowed to make so momentous a decision:

"To overhaul such an ancient social institution prematurely, precipitously, or in a manner ultimately deemed unnecessary would injure not only the public interest, but the State that represents this interest," the state attorney general's office said in its brief."

The decision on whether to stay Judge Jacobson's ruling is expected to happen "within days" so as determine whether same-sex couples can begin to marry starting October 21 as Jacobson had ordered. However, the court will not consider the merits of the marriage case itself until January.

Lambda Legal spoke out on the court's intervention:

"Time is of the essence and it's great the court is moving so quickly," said Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal. "We are looking forward to making our case at the New Jersey Supreme Court for the families in New Jersey who need marriage to better protect their families."

UPDATE: You can find all the official court documents associated with the case HERE.


New Jersey Judge Denies Stay Of Gay Marriage Ruling, Governor Christie Files 'Emergency' Appeal

6a00d8341c730253ef019affb62dfe970d-250wiEarlier this week, New Jersey Governor Christie filed a request for a stay of Judge Mary Jacobson's decision, handed down last month that ruled gay marriage must be made legal in the Garden State, especially in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's gutting of Section 3 of DOMA. In her decision Jacobson stated, "The ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently harming same-sex couples in New Jersey in a wide range of contexts." In his request of a stay, Christie's filing essentially argued that "allowing gay couples to marry starting in two weeks would make it difficult for the state's top court to reverse course should it agree with the Christie administration's anti-gay marriage stand." However, as Lambda Legal announced, the request for the stay was denied:

In today's decision, the Court wrote: "In making this argument, however, the State ignores the largely abstract nature of the harm it alleges, which pales in comparison to the concrete harm caused to Plaintiffs by their current ineligibility for many federal marital benefits, and the significant litigation burden they would have to shoulder to challenge federal denial of marital benefits to civil union couples."

"This is wonderful news!" said Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal. "The court's decision once again confirms that the hardships of not being able to marry are real and immediate. Every day does count. Allowing same-sex couples to marry helps many New Jersey families and hurts no one else."

"Momentum is with us," said Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Garden State Equality. "All couples in New Jersey need the dignity of marriage, and they need it now. We look forward to seeing many of them, who have been denied that dignity for too long, marry in the coming weeks."

The stay being denied, gay marriage is set to begin, per Judge Jacobson's ruling, on October 21. However, Christie, who recently reiterated his insistence that gay marriage should be put on the ballot in 2014 and not be decided by the courts, has now, according to the AP, asked "an appeals court judge to consider an emergency challenge to that order. Christie wants same-sex marriages put on hold at least until all appeals can be resolved."


NJ Governor Chris Christie Slammed By Opponent On Gay Marriage: 'My Daughter Is Not A Political Agenda' - VIDEO

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As previously reported, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was confronted at a campaign stop at a diner by a local patron over his position on gay marriage. Asked why he opposed marriage equality, he could provide no more in-depth an answer than, "I think marriage should be between a man and a woman." When prodded further by the patron who referred to gay marriage as "a human rights issue," Christie responded: "Says you...This is an issue where we have an honest difference of opinion. Okay, so you put it on the ballot — you vote your way, I vote my way. And whoever gets the most votes wins." As Think Progress reports, Christie's Democratic challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono was not content with his answer and took him to task on the subject at the state's gubernatorial debate later that same day:

BUONO: Governor, show a profile in courage and do the right thing for our sons and our daughters, our brothers and our sisters. This is a human right and it really should not be on the ballot. We should not have the majority of the people decide the minority’s rights. It’s just wrong.

CHRISTIE: Thirty-five other states — 35 of the 50 — have put this question on the ballot, and so the idea that this should never be on the ballot is something that is against what 35 other states have done. I trust the people of New Jersey to make this judgment. I don’t trust 121 politicians with political agendas. [...]

BUONO: My daughter, who is openly gay, is not a political agenda.

You can watch a full video of the debate (with the focus shifting to marriage equality around the 5:09 mark) AFTER THE JUMP...

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