History in Reverse – Governor Vetoes NJ Same-Sex Marriage Law After One Day
Just one day after New Jersey became the eight state in the nation to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, Governor Chris Christie has vetoed the bill.
The veto came a day after the state Assembly passed the bill. The state Senate had passed it on Monday. Christie, a Republican who opposes same-sex marriage, had vowed “very swift action” once the measure reached his desk.
“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,” Christie said in a statement. “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.
What more is there to say, really? Both the New Jersey Senate and State Assembly voted this week to make marriage equality the law in the state. The governor’s political weaseling is unfortunate and hard to believe, really.