Christie Drops Fight Against Same-Sex Marriage

Had fought it until couples began exchanging vows

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that he will drop his appeal to a court ruling that paved the way for same-sex marriage, hours after same-sex couples in the state began tying the knot for the first time. Christie submitted a formal withdrawal of his appeal Monday morning, the Associated Press reports. Christie, a Republican cruising to reelection in a blue state but also eying a possible presidential run, has walked a political tight rope on same-sex marriage, opposing efforts to legalize it while also saying it should be left for voters to decide by referendum. He vetoed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in 2012, and continued to fight it in court until conceding defeat Monday. His decision to cancel an appeal that the state Supreme Court had still planned to hear means a lower court’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage won’t be overturned, making New Jersey the 14th state to allow the unions. [AP]

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fitty_three
fitty_three

If Christie had any hopes of beating Hillary in 2016, he just lost it.  A demographic that represents 10% or the population (or more!) has the ability to tip any election.

DarwinAkbar
DarwinAkbar

The American People are slowly taking this country back, state by state, from the theocrats, anti-gay bigots, science deniers and other anti-American nutjobs.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Christie is helping himself in moderate or liberal states but killing himself in red states. It's a shame that doing what's right carries a political cost.

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

It seems that, unlike the body of the Republican party, Gov. Christie is capable of recognizing reality.  And the reality is that America is becoming a more tolerant, diverse country.

Eventually the self-proclaimed Party of Individual Freedom may see its way clear to allowing that people should have the freedom to marry whomever they wish.  Until then, the GOP remains mired in the mentality of the 19th century.

sallyedelstein
sallyedelstein

While Governor Christie wisely withdraws his appeal of the  gay marriage ruling, protesters in NJ still cry how "unlawful gay marriage is in the eyes of God" harking back to a less enlightened time when the notion of gay marriage was inconceivable. Take a look http://wp.me/p2qifI-1Cp

PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

Conservatives are losing their strangle hold on the USA. All around the country there is progressive change. Even the most extreme republicans are nodding to defeat.

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BushFlushedAmerica
BushFlushedAmerica

@DarwinAkbar Does that mean that not being in favor of the distortion of "marriage" by homosexuals means that one is not an "American" ?

grigalem
grigalem

@DavidStrayer  

The only "reality" he recognized was that the Supreme Court told him his legal arguments held no water ... in other words, to go to hell.

It had nothing whatsoever to do with "America becoming a more tolerant, diverse country", which he continues to oppose.