ABC News Clip covering Chris Christie’s veto of the bill that would have legalized gay marriage in the state of New Jersey. Included are a couple clips of Christie sharing his personal views on marriage and how he would prefer to have the people of New Jersey vote on the rights of a minority.
Slippery slope, Mr. Christie. Slippery slope.
As I posted earlier this week, New Jersey took a major step forward this week in terms of gay marriage. Both the state Senate and sate Assembly voted in favor to allow gay marriage. However, within a couple of hours of the bill hitting Governor Chris Christie’s desk for signature, he quickly vetoed it.
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.’’
2 steps forward, 1 step back. Don’t get discouraged New Jersey. It’ll happen.
I do not have the power to prevent this divisive and destructive constitutional amendment from appearing on the ballot, in November 2012, the Legislature sent it to me in the form of a bill. Thus, symbolic as it my be, I am exercising my legal responsibility to either sign or veto it. Without question, I am vetoing it; and I urge Minnesotans to reject this mean-spirited, divisive, un-Minnesotan and un-American amendment.Gov. Mark Dayton, May 25, 2011