As he had promised, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (photo) moved quickly to veto the same-sex marriage bill passed last week by the state legislature, setting up what is expected to be an all-out campaign by homosexual activists for “marriage equality” in the state.
In issuing the conditional veto, Christie asked the state legislature to appoint an overseer to handle complaints from homosexual couples who say the state’s civil unions law, passed in 2006, does not give them the same rights as would the full legalization of same-sex marriage.
“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,’’ said Christie in a statement. “Discrimination should not be tolerated and any complaint alleging a violation of a citizen’s right should be investigated and, if appropriate, remedied.”
The Governor also reiterated his call for the legislature to pass a referendum so that voters could have the final say as to how marriage should be defined in their state. “I am adhering to what I’ve said since this bill was first introduced — an issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide,” he said. “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. This is the only path to amend our State Constitution and the best way to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage in our state.”
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Photo of Gov. Chris Christie: AP Images