“I believe that the institution of marriage as it’s traditionally known is between one man and one woman and it should stay that way in New Jersey. “
Chris Christie likens himself as a tough guy willing to say it like it is…a new kind of bold politician who is rough and tumble…he’s not afraid to just call a spade a spade. Except – Governor Christie is much more concerned with his long term national prospects than he is about doing what’s right for New Jersey. Of course – there is nothing politically courageous about Governor Christie’s position. He is trying desperately to thread a political needle to say that the “people should vote” on whether or not a person has the right to marry and be legally recognized in the state.
You know…just like in the early years of our union when Alabama wanted to let “the people vote” as to whether or not slavery should be legal or not. It’s the exact same thing; when you’re talking about civil rights and 2nd class citizenship…it should not be a decision left up to popular vote. But even with the popular vote – 52% of New Jersey citizens support legalizing “gay marriage” and 61% support it when it’s referred to as “marriage equality”. Of course – more Republicans…Chris Christie’s base are against it; it’s the independents and Democrats who support it most. And Chris Christie is simply not BOLD enough to go against his base and the national tide against marriage equality….so he’s “leaving it to a popular vote”.
In the 70′s…in the days of Harvey Milk – then former Governor Ronald Reagan swam upstream against the Conservative tide against popular opinion to oppose the “Briggs Initiative” which would have made it legal to fire teachers just for being gay. As described in the American Spectator – a very conservative news organization:
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