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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The New Jersey state Assembly passed the same-sex marriage bill yesterday, and today, just as Governor Chris Christie promised, he vetoed it. In the coverage I just watched on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Christie makes these two statements, which made me absolutely livid:

“I believe that the institution of marriage is traditionally known as one man and one woman and should stay that way in New Jersey.”

“Whether or not to redefine hundreds of years of societal and religious traditions should not be decided by 121 people in the state house in Trenton.”

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First of all, Christie says, “I believe….” (The emphasis on “I”) This is mistake number one. Although the opinions of our elected officials matter, they are elected to represent the majority of the people, as well as the state Senate. A veto should only occur if the bill is not in the best interest of the parties affected. Christie should have set aside his own personal beliefs and not vetoed this bill.

Secondly, “…marriage is traditionally known as one man and one woman…” is based upon biblical beliefs. What has happened to separation of church and state?

Lastly, “Whether or not to redefine hundreds of years of societal and religious traditions…” Who does Christie think he is to stop the advancement of society? Did anyone stop Lincoln from freeing the slaves? The Wright Brothers from flying? Alexander Fleming from discovering penicillin? The women who fought for Women’s Suffrage? Gay marriage is the next step of progression within our country, and Christie just took the state of New Jersey back to the dark ages.

Personally, I am not gay and definitely not homophobic. What I am is a very firm believer in equal rights. I have both family and friends who are gay and they all deserve the same rights in legal marriage as any heterosexual couple does. To be able to claim their spouse on tax forms, insurance, and everything else legal marriages provide. Since church marriages are based upon biblical beliefs, then whether or not a church decides to honor same-sex marriages is completely up to the church. Most gay couples I know are not concerned about being married in a church, all they wish of to be legally married. Plus GLBT churches are now all over the country and world which will recognize a same-sex union – but the government will not.

Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed. He said he wants the issue to be decided by a statewide referendum.

Christie talks out of both sides of his mouth, and provides feeble excuses for his veto. He states, “I have been just as adamant that same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples – as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits. Discrimination should not be tolerated and any complaint alleging a violation of a citizen’s right should be investigated and, if appropriate, remedied. To that end, I include in my conditional veto the creation of a strong Ombudsman for Civil Unions to carry on New Jersey’s strong tradition of tolerance and fairness.”

To which Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg responded, “Don’t be fooled by the governor’s call for a public referendum or his idea of an ombudsman for civil unions – it is nothing more than a political smoke screen designed to cover the tracks of those retreating from their leadership and lawmaking responsibilities. Civil unions have already proven to be a failure and no ombudsman can change that.”

Christie vetoed this bill completely based upon his own personal beliefs and not upon what the people want and what the state Senate passed. I would love to see the state of New Jersey gather enough signatures so they can recall Christie right along side of Scott Walker.

In closing, I would love to hear an explanation from anyone opposed to same-sex marriage to the following questions:  How does a same-sex marriage of two people you do not even know affect you? Does this legal union take away any of your rights? Your job? Do you pay more in taxes? Does it affect your insurance coverage? Does it keep you from attending your own church? Does it keep your children from going to college? If you feel it is because the Bible prohibits this, then is that not up to your God to deal with them? Or are you acting as God? Please, tell me how same sex marriage directly affects your life. I would really love to know.

Chris Christie… can you answer this? Doubtful.

18 Comments »

  1. Christie is truly an enigma. Hard to figure out. Some days he makes a lot of sense, others, well…he tends to go ballistic. I’m straight as an arrow too, and I have no problem with gays & lesbians getting married. And don’t forget, I reside in the state that was first to legalize gay & lesbian marriages, so in essence, Massachusetts got the ball rolling. BTW, the Maryland Senate was to vote on legalizing same sex marriage…

  2. well, in Christie’s case, it affects him personally if he tries to run for President as a republican.
    Doesn’t make him any less of a jackass though…

    • It just really bothers me because vetoing this bill affects so many people in many ways included taxes, insurance, etc. But if it passed, then the only way it affects anyone negatively are just the emotions of those against the bill. It does not affect them in any other way.

      • It doesn’t, but they have convinced themselves that the world will collapse.
        ideology is supplanting common sense.
        And I think it is a very very vocal minority that is driving it.

  3. Sorry to hear this news. I’d rather liked what I’d seen of Christie so far, although that hasn’t been much. If civil unions in NJ were in fact equal in every way to marriage, I wouldn’t argue about the semantics. But I gather from what you say that they aren’t the same. Can the NJ legislature override the veto? I’m a firm believer in majority rule.

    • Not sure. I wonder what the difference is between marriage and civil union, too. Apparently there is one, otherwise if there is a civil union already present, then they wouldn’t be voting on a marriage.

  4. “Whether or not to redefine hundreds of years of societal and religious traditions…” yeah, you nailed that one re slavery. what a stupid statement…i sure hope all people of good conscience vote this putz out. continue…

    • I am curious to find out more about him. I have heard several people, who basically have the same political beliefs that I do, comment that they’ve liked previous things he’s said. I honestly no nothing about him, but was not happy to hear what he did along with those two statements he made.

  5. There’s never been true separation of church and state. It’s really a figure of speech, I believe. That’s why Romney’s having such a hard time getting in office. No one is turning a blind eye or ear to his faith. In that case, Christie has a right to express his views. Man can’t be separated from his religion, no matter what position he’s in. His views and beliefs will interplay in his work and politics.

    • No, there really has not truly been a separation. I will agree with that. I do agree that Christie has a right to voice his opinions, however I believe that any and all politicians should be able to separate their personal beliefs from what is best for the people in addition to what the people want.

      The legalization of same sex marriages has absolutely no damage or affect on those that oppose it other than offending many due to their own personal beliefs. It does not affect anyone’s paycheck, insurance, taxes, credit, business, etc. But it does affect those who truly love another person of the same sex and they wish to bond legally and have the same provisions available to them as heterosexual marriages. I don’t give a hoot what anyone does in their own bedroom. It’s not my business, nor does it affect my life in any shape, form or manner. I know several gay couples that have been in a long term relationship which is happier and more loving than any I have been in with men. One couple did get legally married in another state several years ago and have adopted two beautiful little girls. Those girls have straight A’s in school, are very athletic and outgoing, live in a very positive and loving home, and are now old enough that they are developing crushes on boys. They are very proud of their two fathers and are more wise and open minded than many adults who are five times older than they are.

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