Diner Patron Takes Chris Christie to Task Over Marriage Equality Opposition

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It hasn’t been a good week for governors who oppose marriage equality. Just ask Governor Corbett, whose name has become synonymous with the words “gay” and “incest” since he made that ridiculous fumble last week on TV. Chris Christie’s not faring too well, either. Marriage equality advocates are none too pleased with the governor since he appealed a judge’s recent ruling that gay marriage will be legalized in the state of New Jersey. One local woman, Bert Bueno, even debated him on the issue this afternoon in a diner in Edison, N.J. The Advocate reports:

“How come you’re in opposition?” Bueno, a straight woman, asked the Republican leader.




"Listen: Lots of different people have different views on this," Christie responded. "I think marriage should be between a man and a woman. … My view is: If you want to change it, put it on the ballot. Let everybody decide. It shouldn't be decided by courts. It shouldn't be decided by politicians in Trenton. It should be decided by everybody. If the majority of the people of New Jersey want same-sex marriage, I'll enforce the law."

In a four-minute exchange, Christie claimed that he has gay friends and relatives, and he contested Bueno’s stance that marriage equality is “a human rights issue.”

"The fact is: We've been very supportive of a lot of other things, like banning gay conversion therapy,” said Christie, who signed a bill last month that banned use of the discredited practice on minors. “This is an issue where we have an honest difference of opinion. OK, so you put it on the ballot — you vote your way, I vote my way. And whoever gets the most votes wins."

The governor may want to get used to having discussions like this. A recent poll says that two-thirds of the state support the judge's decision to make marriage equality legal in New Jersey.

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  • Motastic

    You can’t really call Gov Corbett’s statement a “fumble” … that was no mistake he made. He said it and smiled; that jackhole means it.

  • Timothy Travis

    if gay marriage should be voted on, maybe straight marriage should be put up for a vote as well.

  • Mark Cofta

    Minority rights cannot be decided by a majority vote. Rights must be defined, articulated, and protected by responsible powers (i.e., the courts), not left to a mob to decide. Try putting slavery to a vote in North Carolina: do you really want the redneck majority deciding that?

  • Angela Grinnage

    So what? Since when is it Christie’s responsibility to promote liberal causes? That’s position, he has the right to it, he’s not a bigot, so if you want gay marriage, get you @$$ out there and vote for it. If you cannot do that, that quit whining.

    • DorianGrayfox

      You should really have a firm grasp on basic English and get your GED before making ignorant political comments that make you look like an uneducated idiot.

      • Angela Grinnage

        No, I stated facts. So if you cant rebut it, then SHUT UP.

        • DorianGrayfox

          Here is a FACT madam. Only ignorant bigots think that the majority can vote away the rights of the minority. It didn’t work with interracial marriage, and it’s not going to work with marriage equality. Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t marry a gay, otherwise if you don’t like looking at 2 men or women being in love, turn your FAT head in the opposite direction and keep on trucking down the road.

  • Tiredofbias44

    This conversation is about gays wanting more government stuff. A bunch of attorneys have decided that the phrase “marriage equality ” is the best way to game the American legal system to get gays more stuff. Folks getting stuff from the government is inherently a political issue. If it is inherently a political issue, then putting the issue on the ballot is a proper exercise of political process.