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01/24/2012

Gov. Christie confuses civil rights with student council elections

by Jeremy Hooper

From New Jersey's Star-Ledger:

BRIDGEWATER — Gov. Chris Christie called today for the Legislature to put on the fall ballot a voter referendum on whether to legalize gay marriage, which Democratic lawmakers have made a top priority.

If successful, the referendum would amend the state Constitution and trump the current civil unions law.
Gov. Christie calls for referendum on issue of legalizing gay marriage [Star-Ledger]

But wait, good and decent taxpayers who deserve equality, for the fun doesn't end there! Ya see, the Governor has further Screen Shot 2012-01-24 At 1.25.58 Pmforfeited his chance to be on the right side of this issue by promising to veto a passed marriage bill.

So when he said gay rights are important, a view that's in tune with his state's public opinion polling, what the oft-discussed vice presidential possibility really meant was "not as important as keeping in the national GOP's good graces." The "tough talking" and "no nonsense" reputation that his press department so fully tries to sell me does not, apparently, translate to doing the upright thing by his state's large LGBT population.

So unfortunate.

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