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Chris Christie Leaves NJ to Fundraise for GOP Homophobe

New Jersey LGBT rights activists are not happy that Governor Chris Christie has gone to fundraise for Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the Star-Ledger reports:

FallinGarden State Equality tonight slammed Christie for supporting Fallin's re-election bid, despite her efforts to block spousal benefits at state-owned facilities of the Oklahoma National Guard. Christie opposes same-sex marriage, but is more moderate on the issue. His administration dropped its appeal to a state court ruling effectively legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey.

“As a native Oklahoman, I find Governor Fallin’s anti-LGBT stand reprehensible. Ending service to all rather than offering service to a minority is not equality, it is discrimination of the highest order," said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality. "While Governor Christie has never been a proponent of the freedom to marry, he has always claimed to support equal protections for all. In a time when LGBT rights are quickly becoming a non-partisan issue, it is tragic that Governor Fallin has chosen time and time again to marginalize LGBT Oklahomans."

You may recall that Fallin last month decided to deny spousal benefits to all miliitary couples rather than serve gays.

Chris Christie's Victory Speech: VIDEO


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie easily defeated Democrat Barbara Buono to win reelection yesterday, setting him up for a run at the presidency in 2016.

The NYT:

Mr. Christie declared that his decisive win should be a lesson for the nation’s broken political system and his feuding party: In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, Mr. Christie won a majority of the votes of women and Hispanics and made impressive inroads among younger voters and blacks — groups that Republicans nationally have struggled to attract.

The governor prevailed despite holding positions contrary to those of many New Jersey voters on several key issues, including same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the minimum wage, and despite an economic recovery that has trailed the rest of the country.

Watch his victory speech if you missed it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Parents Sue NJ for Right to Put Son Through Gay Conversion Therapy

New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy--signed into law by New Jersey's Republican anti-marriage equality governor, Chris Christie just a little over two months ago--is facing a new lawsuit filed by a couple arguing that their constitutional rights are being infringed upon since they cannot pursue treatment for their 15-year-old son. 

NjThe AP reports:

The suit filed in federal court in Camden on Friday is at least the second to attack the law. A separate suit that names two licensed therapists among its plaintiffs awaits a judge's ruling, said Demetrios Stratis, an attorney involved in both cases.

The unidentified New Jersey couple claim in their suit that the law violates their rights to free speech and freedom of religion, as well as their 14th Amendment right to equal protection, by "denying minors the opportunity to pursue a particular course of action that can help them address the conflicts between their religious and moral values and same-sex attractions, behaviors or identity."

The new lawsuit argues that the couple's son has "unwanted gender identity disorder and unwanted same-sex attractions:"  

"John Doe has a sincerely held religious belief and conviction that homosexuality is wrong and immoral, and he wanted to address that value conflict because his unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion are contrary to the fundamental religious values that he holds," the lawsuit contends.

The suit seeks a preliminary injunction that would halt the law.  A federal judge will decide whether to impose such an order by December 2.

Just hours after Chris Christie signed the gay conversion bill into law in late August, the Liberty Counsel, an anti-gay conservative group, followed through on earlier threats to challenge the legislation in court.  Oral arguments were heard in that case in early October.

Barbara Buono Keeps on Chris Christie Over Marriage: 'He Did Not Have a Leg to Stand On'

NJ Senator and gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono doesn't want voters to give Chris Christie any credit for dropping New Jersey's appeal to the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, she told the Briah Lehrer show earlier this week, Darryl Isherwood at reports:

Cbs_christie"I have six kids and it reminds me of trying to force my kids to eat spinach and they say, 'well, ok, I'll do it, but I don't want to do it, but I am gonna do it. Thanks to our Supreme Court in New Jersey, they denied the Governor's stay for our lower court decision. They basically said in no uncertain terms that he did not have a leg to stand on the merits -- so he was really forced to do this....The Supreme Court was very clear if you read their denial of his request to stay the lower court's decision, they said that he has no chance of winning on the merits if it came before the courts. He would have been criticized for unnecessarily spending more state dollars on a losing proposition. He already spent, we don't know how much on the scheduling of this separate election for the United States Senate, anywhere from $12 million to $24 million, just to benefit himself."

Why is Buono keeping on Christie on this?

"I think she is continuing with this because it was one issue in which she was pulling ahead of Christie and it does generate some fundraising traction because this is a hot button issue and it is playing out nationally," said Montclair State Political Science Professor Brigid Harrison.  "But to me it is nonsensical because I think it's yesterday's news.  There are so many other issues out there that are  important to voters and this has effectively been decided."

Christie is up by 26 points in some recent polls.

NOM's Brian Brown Slams Christie on Gay Marriage: His Presidential Hopes are Finished

National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown is, of course, infuriated that marriages are taking place in New Jersey and supremely pissed that Governor Chris Christie has given up the state's battle against same-sex marriage by withdrawing his appeal of the Supreme Court's ruling.

Usatoday_brownWrites Brown in a blog post:

"There's no question that the courts of New Jersey are responsible for the imposition of same-sex marriage in that state, and we sharply criticize them for redefining our most important social institution with no regard to the wishes of voters or even elected officials," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "The refusal of the New Jersey Supreme Court to order a stay of the same-sex 'marriage' ruling was wrong, and the latest example of an activist judiciary running amok, substituting their views for those of the people of the state. Still, we are extremely disappointed in Governor Chris Christie for withdrawing the state's appeal of the underlying decision, effectively throwing in the towel on marriage. The mark of a leader is to walk a principled walk no matter the difficulty of the path. Chris Christie has failed the test, abandoning both voters and the core institution of society - marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

A superior court judge had imposed same-sex marriage in New Jersey in a ruling in September, with same-sex 'marriages' set to begin today. Christie's administration appealed the decision and sought a stay to preserve the status-quo until the merits of the case is heard next year. The New Jersey Supreme Court denied the request for the stay, and today Christie dropped his appeal of the underlying decision imposing same-sex marriage.

"It's a sad day for the voters of New Jersey," said Brown. "An activist judiciary has once again imposed its views and ignored the rights of voters. We will continue to fight for the right of New Jersey voters to determine the definition of marriage. Regrettably, Governor Christie's decision to surrender on marriage reveals him to be a man who lacks the courage of his supposed convictions. As far as we are concerned, it's a disqualifying failure. His surrender on marriage effectively surrenders any chance he might have had to secure the GOP nomination for president."

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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