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10/09/2013

Smug, glib, discriminatory: Gov. Christie continues offensive disregard for civil equality

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 At 10.43.18 Am A Republican governor of a blue state continues to show arrogant disregard for civil rights and their handling:

"Okay, so you put it on the ballot — you vote your way, I vote my way. And whoever gets the most votes wins."

—New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, speaking to a pro-equality new Jersey voter on the subject of marriage equality and his insistence that same-sex couples' marriages must pass popularity contest

So unbelievably offensive.

Let's vote on your marriage, governor. Then if we get the most votes, you explain to your children that mommy and daddy can no longer be married because certain people, working largely from faith motivations, have determined that your taxes do not entitle you to full participation. "So be it," the rest of us will glibly exclaim, as if your civil marriage rights are some sort of student council election that young Bobby lost and should just get over.

The thing is, marriage equality most likely would pass in New Jersey. That's not the point! Even if I knew for a fact that marriage equality would win by a 99% margin, I would still say that voting on a minority population's ciivl rights is wrong. Because it's wrong.

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