So, late last week, out of the blue, a New Jersey judge ruled that marriage equality must become law in the state because, according to Judge Mary Jacobson, the state government is violating New Jersey’s constitution by denying federal benefits to the couples by not letting them marry. She said the state must allow gay couples to wed starting Oct. 21.
But, and there’s a big butt and it’s on the backside of Governor Chris Christie, who announced that his administration will appeal that judges ruling to a higher court.
Now, in my mind, Christie is fighting a losing battle, because the poll numbers are up for those folks in New Jersey who support marriage equality — and where, by the way, the Legislature passed a law last year to allow it until Christie vetoed that law — and the tide is certainly changing elsewhere,. So it makes me wonder why he’s doing this.
It’s career suicide, I think, for a man seeking re-election in a state and is said to be quite a big contender as the GOP nominee for the White House in 2016. Christie has said he supports Civil Unions — you know, ‘less than’ marriage — over marriage equality and now he is not talking about the ruling at all.
For once his mouth is shut and it’s not because there’s a doughnut in it. Sorry for the fat jokes, but his stance is so backwards and so out of touch that it makes me mad and I stoop to Fat Jokes. Sorry.
Christie says he wants to let the people of New Jersey decide whether marriage equality comes to the state, and again, when do we put the rights of one segment of society up to a popular vote? Had we done that in the past, there might still be slavery in the South, women might not have the vote, and there would have been no Civil Rights victory in the 60s. You don’t let the majority govern the minority.
And one interesting note that I would like to leave you with, is the interview Christie gave to CGS Sunday Morning over the weekend. It was obviously done before Judge Jacobson’s ruling, and during the interview he was asked if he believed in same-sex marriage”
"I do not. But what I will tell you is that I understand that good people of good will have a difference of opinion on this. And so my view on it is, put it on the ballot. Let the people decide."
Again, you don’t let the majority make laws about the minority, but let’s set that aside for right now and remember one thing as Christie readies himself for a run at the White House: he does not believe in marriage equality.
He.Does.Not.Believe.In.It. Like it’s — sorry kiddies — Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.
Remember that when he starts running and remember that when you vote, because a vote for Christie would be a vote to keep equality in the closet and out of reach.