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Court Tosses Prop 8 In Calif.; What About Gay Marriage In NJ?

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Gov. Chris Christie - Westfield, NJ - Feb 8, 2012 (credit: Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie – Westfield, NJ – Feb 8, 2012 (credit: Governor’s Office)

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WESTFIELD, NJ (CBSNewYork) - Since California’s Proposition 8, which basically outlaws gay marriage, has been ruled unconstitutional, what effect does Gov. Chris Christie think the ruling will have on his preference to have New Jersey voters decide on the issue?

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“None. Because what we’re talking about here is a constitutional amendment, which could not be ruled as unconstitutional,” said Christie on Wednesday.

He says if voters approve the measure, “I will be governed by the will of the people. I don’t understand why that’s such a radical proposal.”

There is a bill going through the legislature to legalize gay marriage instead of a public referendum vote. The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the bill and the Assembly is to vote on February 16.

“Let me be really clear again. If the bill comes to my desk, I am vetoing it,” said Christie.

Christie says he’s not trying to avoid deciding on the issue and doubts lawmakers have votes to override a veto.

“So, I am not attempting to avoid responsibility. What I’m attempting to do is to avoid a train wreck,” said Christie.

He says a train wreck would be another heated debate over gay marriage?

How do you feel about Gov. Christie’s proposal? Sound off in the comments section below!

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