Gov Chris Christie vetoed same sex marriage bill

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N.J. governor vetoes same-sex marriage bill

By David Ariosto, CNN
updated 6:40 PM EST, Fri February 17, 2012

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Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed. He said he wants the issue to be decided by a statewide referendum.

(CNN) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed, setting up a confrontation with a Democrat-controlled legislature that has vowed to eventually get the bill into law. The General Assembly on Thursday passed the measure, which the Senate had approved Monday.

Lawmakers have until the legislative session ends in January 2014 to override Christie's veto. They would need a two-thirds majority in both houses to succeed.

Christie, the subject of speculation as a possible GOP vice presidential candidate, has said the issue "should not be decided by 121 people in the statehouse in Trenton."

He has advocated putting the issue to a referendum.

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Gov. Gregoire's passion for equality
"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," Christie said in a statement. "I have been just as adamant that same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples, as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits."

Recent polling, meanwhile, suggests that New Jersey voters are slightly in favor of legalizing such marriages.

Fifty-two percent of state voters approve the measure, the first time the figures have crossed the 50% threshold, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.

The study includes a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.

Gay rights groups, which had expected the governor's veto, have pledged to override it.

"By vetoing the bill that would ensure that all loving, committed New Jersey couples and their families can share in the freedom to marry, with all its protections and meaning, Governor Christie planted his feet firmly on the wrong side of history, said Evan Wolfson, president of the group Freedom to Marry, which had lobbied in favor of the bill.

New Jersey currently allows for civil unions, which Christie says he supports. With Hawaii and Delaware joining the list last month, five other states currently recognize such unions.

A similar battle is also shaping up in Maryland, where Gov. Martin O'Malley -- a Democrat -- has pushed for his state to join the seven others that allow same-sex couples to marry.

Washington state, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa, New York and the District of Columbia currently allow such marriages.


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Back to the drawing board NJ faggots, you have a lot of work to do :grandmais
 

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Another repub against gay marriage....guess we can figure out what he does when the sun goes down....it's dick hunt time!!!

And Repubs often wonder why they get rejected in huge numbers. The stupidity is amazing.
 

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I Believe the gay people should be able to marry caz it would make them be happy and they could have babies if the want to! This is what i think about this here issue and this here matter. :103631605

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