Gov. Christie Makes Good On Promise, Vetoes N.J.’s Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Dem-Controlled Legislature Now Has Until The End Of January 2014 To Override

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — As expected, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey on Friday.

The state’s Legislature gave final approval to the bill on Thursday, with the Assembly voting in favor 42-33. Christie and other Republicans want same-sex marriage to be decided by public vote, but Democrats say it’s a civil right protected by the Constitution.

“I am adhering to what I’ve said since this bill was first introduced — an issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide,” Christie said in a statement. “I continue to encourage the Legislature to trust the people of New Jersey and seek their input by allowing our citizens to vote on a question that represents a profoundly significant societal change. This is the only path to amend our State Constitution and the best way to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage in our state.”

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Democrats who had pushed the bill forward said they were disappointed, but not surprised, by Christie’s action.

“It’s unfortunate that the governor would let his own personal ideology infringe on the rights of thousands of New Jerseyans,” said Reed Gusciora, one of two openly gay New Jersey lawmakers and a sponsor of the bill. “For all those who oppose marriage equality, their lives would have been completely unchanged by this bill, but for same-sex couples, their lives would have been radically transformed. Unfortunately, the governor couldn’t see past his own personal ambitions to honor this truth.”

Senate President Steve Sweeney was more blunt in his criticism of the governor.

“He had a chance to do the right thing, and failed miserably,” Sweeney said.

Proponents of the bill said gay marriage is a civil right being denied to gay couples, while opponents said the definition of marriage as a heterosexual institution should not be expanded. The legislation contains a religious opt-out clause, meaning no church clergy would be required to perform gay marriages and places of worship would not have to allow same-sex weddings at their facilities.

Steven Goldstein, chairman of the state’s largest gay rights group, Garden State Equality, said Christie’s national political ambitions guided his action.

“He won’t veto the bill because he’s anti-gay,” Goldstein said in a statement issued before the veto was issued Friday. “He’ll veto the bill because the 2016 South Carolina presidential primary electorate is anti-gay.”

Goldstein, who said he has a cordial relationship with the governor, promised to continue fighting him vigorously on the issue. “And we will win, so help me God,” he said.

Another gay marriage supporter, Washington state Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, also reached out to Christie, a practicing Catholic. Gregoire sent the governor a letter last month offering to talk about gay marriage because, in her words, “while I am a Governor, I am also a Catholic.”

The Roman Catholic Church opposes same-sex marriage.

Gregoire signed a gay marriage measure into law in Washington on Monday. Her spokeswoman, Karina Shagren, said Christie hasn’t responded to the letter.

Thirty states, including South Carolina, have adopted constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriages, most by defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature now has until the end of January 2014 to try to override the governor. They would need to get two-thirds of the lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate to agree. Both votes to pass it fell short of that mark.

The Legislature has been unsuccessful in every previous attempt to override Christie.

Same-sex marriage is legal in six states, including New York and Connecticut.

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  1. Scott says:

    Very proud of you Govenor Christie for your decision on this bill and lowering the flag for Houston. Very proud of you.

  2. New York Taxpayer says:

    If you’re a gay New Jersey resident, then Chris Christie HATES you and your tax dollars.

    Don’t live where you’re hated. Move over the river to New York, where we appreciate you and your money. (Plus, we REALLY need more people who aren’t too rich or poor to pay taxes).

  3. mj says:

    jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze .. got some spare time on your hands do ya ?

  4. mj says:

    where does he or ANYONE get off denying anyone their basic rights. what part of ” and liberty and justice for ALL don’t you people understand” ? you don’t like gay marri8age ….. DON’T marry a gay person

  5. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    I like that Christi does not support men interested interested in other mens rectums like Mayor Bloomberg does but lowering the flag for a black crack head is wrong and UN- AMERICAN

  6. Christie: His Farts Caused Global Warming! says:

    YOU EVER NOTICE WHEN FATSO TALKS HIS DOUBLE CHIN FLAPS BACK AND FORTH LIKE LOOSE FLAPS?

  7. breezy says:

    Christie doesn’t want gay people to marry….. perhaps we shouldn’t let fat people like him run for office!!!! SHAME ON HIM. It’s time we give equal rights to all.

  8. AuntTootzToldMe says:

    Geeezzzz…. what can I add? Nothhristie haters have just about covered it, lolol. Thank you!!

  9. AuntTootzToldMe says:

    NJ Governor Krispy-Kreme Christie was, is, and always will be a loser!!! Boot his larda$$ out!!!

  10. KPMc says:

    What is your point?

    1. The Realist says:

      He has to quote the Bible because he knows that there’s no legitimate GOVERNMENTAL reason to oppose gay marriage.

  11. New York Taxpayer says:

    Hey, gays…

    Chris Christie clearly hates you (and therefore your tax dollars), so move over the river to New York. We promise to appreciate you.

  12. CHRISTIE: I AM FAT AND HATE GAYS says:

    GOOD SENSE YOUR MAN GOVERNOR FATSO PIG SLOP CALLED A GUY NUMB NUTS. NO CLASS AND FILLED TO THE RIM WITH CRAP. AND NORA PLEASE PUT DOWN THE CRACK PIPE.

  13. jewishliberal says:

    Time for salads only Governor

  14. Christie: People Think I'm A Pig BUTT I'm A Hippo! says:

    KLEETIS DIDN’T CHRISTIE STAR IN THE PAUL MASSON WINE COMMERCIALS 20 YEARS AGO? WAIT NO THAT WAS ORSON WELLES. SAME THING HE WAS A TUBBY TANKER TOO.

  15. Christie: People Think I'm A Pig BUTT I'm A Hippo! says:

    WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SAY ABOUT THE BUCKET OF HOG SLOP AND COW CRAP?

  16. Sailor Boy says:

    twice this week he has made the people unhappy

  17. ne no gusto grande baboso says:

    lets just make sure he never gets re-elected to nj or anywhere else. imagine if he was elected VP. fat effen ba$tid gfy

  18. Dave Game CBS Miami says:

    My name is GAME baby and spreading communism is the name of the game.Join me for Fidel’s Revolution NOON Sunday at South Beach.

  19. THOMAS says:

    There’s a reason why they call the GOP the BIGOT PARTY. Remember that in November.

  20. CHRISTIE'S HOG SLOP AND COW CRAP! says:

    HAM HOCK, PIG STOMACH, TWENTY POUNDS OF HIGH GRADE ITALIAN SAUSAGE, KIELBASA, PIG FEET, PICKLED PIG KNUCKLES, WILD BOAR MARINATED IN ONE HUNDRED POUNDS OF BUTTER. CHRISTIE IS A BUCKET OF HOG SLOP WITH COW MANURE MIXED IN!

    1. Nora says:

      Good for him God is his guide

      1. Kleetis Slywage says:

        Sounds nice, but the truth is a menu is Gov. Fatso’s only ‘guide’. BTW, political [not spiritual] reasons guided the mordern day Jackie Gleeson look a like. Gov. Fatso is in office for his personal gain, he’s not there for the good of the middle class.

        1. Good Sense says:

          Another one with nothing intelligent to say, using insults to the man’s physical appearance rather than appealing to transcendent truth.

          1. Kleetis Slywage says:

            You have a right to your opinion ‘good sense’ as do I. I stated two facts: 1) Gov. Fatso is addicted to over eating and no exercise [he’s morbidly obese and loving it]. 2) Gov. Fatso’s motivation for vetoing the bill is political, not spiritual. By me stating FACTS, you clearly were left in a position of having to make your empty comment.

          2. Matthew Graham says:

            Good Sense here’s the reality check. The Govenor needs to realize that he’s employed by the citizens of the entire state of NJ(which includes gays and lesbians). By vetoing the same-sex bill this indicates that he is not fit(no pun intended) to handle other important issues that plague this state.

            In addition that, his up-bringing had a tremendous influence for his decision I am sure. The sad part of this equation is his children are going to grow up ignorant due to the lack of education towards others.

      2. THOMAS says:

        By “god” of course, you mean paranoid schizophrenia.

      3. Christie: the Governor that ate NJ says:

        “Nora – Good for him God is his guide”

        To the Buffet….

      4. mj says:

        just curious … do you really believe god would hate someone because they are gay ? do you hink that just maybe god himself would be above that ?

      5. Matthew Graham says:

        His only guides are the amount of stipends received for saying no.

    2. Good Sense says:

      Clearly you have nothing intelligent to say, so you insult the man’s physical appearance.

  21. Kleetis Slywage says:

    What a hippo[crit] !!! Gov. Fatso won’t agree to allow gay folks to choose to marry, but he does allow the morbidly obese to choose to continue to gouge themselves with mega doses of fried food and deserts made with shovel fulls of butter fat… seems self serving, doesn’t it?

    1. Nora says:

      God maked man and women not man and man good for him

      1. THOMAS says:

        Your god is a figment of your imagination.

        1. Good Sense says:

          One day you will bow before that “figment” and face judgement. It’s not too late to accept His love for you.

      2. AuntTootzToldMe says:

        Nora… go gorge yourself!!!

      3. AuntTootzToldMe says:

        God maked…???? God MADE, you stupid bigot. You are no more a Christian than Christie is a supermodel!!!

    2. Good Sense says:

      Another one with nothing intelligent to say, using insults rather than appealing to transcendent truth.

    3. Good Sense says:

      I find it quite telling that those who oppose him have nothing intelligent to say, but resort to their schoolyard bullying techniques of name calling.

  22. Jayne says:

    If our illustrious Governor had even the slightest idea about what civil rights are he would understand that we are guaranteed EQUAL PROTECTION under the law. Thhose rights are not ( or should not be) subject to popular vote.

    Furthermore, the bill was passed by our REPRESENTATIVES who were sent to Trenton to do what we want. Otherwise they won’t get re-elected (kinda like what is going to happen to you). Take heed little big man.

    The truth is, you won’t do the will of the people of New Jersey because you think it will hurt your chances to get elected to a national office. Although I’ve always disagreed with your policies, I’ve always thought you were a straight shooter. Turns out you’re no different than the others, a self serving liar.

    Jayne

    1. Nora says:

      sHAME ON YOU THE GOV DID THE RIGHT THING GOD WILL BLESS HIM FOR IT

      1. THOMAS says:

        Religion is the seed of mental illness.

    2. Good Sense says:

      Let’s discuss equal protection. Equal protection to you means two men or two women can mary? Does equal protection also mean a man can mary his daughter or a women her son? Does it mean a brother and sister can marry? Or a man can mary a boy?

      I believe that the Governor is also our representative, and our government gives him authority to veto.

      If you want to know the will of the people, and not the politicians let’s put it to a popular vote.

      1. KPMc says:

        The will of the people wouldn’t have given women, minorities or the poor the right to vote.

        Those are inalienable rights that can’t and shouldn’t be voted on.

        As uncomfortable as this issue is for you and many others it falls under the same category.

        We must not put basic civil rights to a vote lest the majority of brown-eyed people could vote to take away the rights of the minority blue-eyed people.

        It really is that simple.

        As for those of you with religious-moral hangups. The government doesn’t sanction morality, all they can do is issue and enforce contracts which is their only role in “marriage” I really think most of you people, both pro and con, are hung up on that word.

        That is unfortunate.

      2. Sandyms says:

        Wow! It’s amazing that the right to marry (not mary) has been blown so out of proportion that anyone would equate it with incest. That belief is just ignorant, and anyone, including “Good Sense” who thinks that equal rights means that is just dead wrong! Gay people deserve to have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else, and this governor should be ashamed of going against the will of the people. He needs to stop judging others.

  23. Erzulie DuBoise says:

    should put his religion behind him, and bow to the will of the people.

  24. Christie's Farts Burned A Hole In The Ozone Layer says:

    I THINK HE WOULD PASS THE BILL IF HE WAS OFFERED A TRUCKLOAD OF CRISPY CREME DONUTS!

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      mmmmmm I love crispy cremes,especially their bostom creams…yummy

    2. Nora says:

      SHAM ON YOU SHAME , GOD BLESS YOU GOV

      1. THOMAS says:

        What does Christianity ever bring to the table except bigotry, hate and death?

  25. RoyBoySays says:

    I don’t understand how his helicopter gets off the ground without listing to one side………………….the incredible expanding Governor

  26. RoyBoySays says:

    May I have some twinkees with that bill please?

  27. mark says:

    He is a big fat putz. He doesn’t have enough character to sign the bill into law, and would rather have it put on the ballot so he can absolve himself of the responsibility of doing his job. I can’t wait to vote for whomever runs against him.

  28. gloria says:

    it seems that equal rites is for the gay only all they do is complain and call our gov names how infantile does that mean all people that are overweight should be called names…….open up a bible it wont bite u lots of information in it.

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      show me the fat guys in the bible gloria?

    2. Erzulie DuBoise says:

      We don’t need bibles, as long as we have morality, which includes everyone not just those you happen to agree with!

    3. Molitor says:

      The bible is a storybook of fairy tales , wake up and join the 21st Century….

    4. THOMAS says:

      Seek mental help.

    5. KPMc says:

      “open up a bible it wont bite u lots of information in it.”

      Yes.. lots of info..

      Like where slavery, misogyny and stoning are all sanctioned.

      Where women are second-class citizens, slaves are told to obey their masters and it is a mortal sin to eat pork.

      The bible was written by men and if you do follow christ you should know that he was the only perfect, non-sinning human being. The men that wrote the bible were flawed sinners not perfect beings and certainly not able to interpret the will of god and subject the masses to it.

      Use the brain god gave you and treat others as you would hope to be treated. That is the highest honor you can pay!

      Everything else is just hogwash!

  29. Kleetis Slywage says:

    If the gay folks want Gov. Fatso to approve this bill, they need only to deliver several dozen creme doughnuts and a gallon of Hagan Daz with double butter fat. He’ll sign immediately!

  30. SpringField says:

    If Mr. Christie wants a public vote on Gay Marriages, than why can’t there be a public vote on Charter Schools…better yet, why can’t there be a public vote on Everything. Then we can eliminate all Senators and Assemblymen, thus saving NJ millions of dollars on their salaries!!

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      excellent suggestion Springfield,I like it

  31. Christie's Farts Burned A Hole In The Ozone Layer says:

    THE BILL IS ON HIS DESK AFTER THEY CLEARED OFF THE FIVE BIG MACS, TEN MCRIBS, FIVE ANGUS BURGERS, TWO BOXES OF CHICKEN MCNUGGETS AND TEN CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKES.

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