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New Jersey’s Narrow Window

Timothy Kincaid

June 8th, 2009

Even before today, I was intending to write about the narrow window of opportunity that New Jersey government has in which to implement marriage equality. But the coup in the New York Senate has provided an illustration of just how transient opportunities can be. Changes in power can come unexpectedly so those who are in a position of political authority should use their power responsibly and not assume that it will always be there when needed.

Last Tuesday, Christopher Christie won the Republican nomination for New Jersey Governor. On a page on Christie’s website titled “Shared Values”, he says the following:

I also believe marriage should be exclusively between one man and one woman. While, I have no issue with same sex couples sharing contractual rights, I believe that marriage should remain the exclusive domain of one man and one woman. If a bill legalizing same sex marriage came to my desk as Governor, I would veto it. If the law were changed by judicial fiat, I would be in favor of a constitutional amendment on the ballot so that voters, not judges, would decide this important social question.

You’ll note he used the odd phrase “contractual rights” as opposed to civil unions, a structure that New Jersey already enjoys. Christie is no friend of our community.

As unlikely as it may seem for a pro-life, anti-marriage candidate to win the top seat in New Jersey, incumbent governor John Corzine is not safe. A poll on Thursday showed him far behind his opponent.

The Rasmussen Reports poll released today shows Christie defeating the incumbent Democrat 51% to 38%.

If marriage equality is not enacted by November, it is likely to be at least four years before we have another chance.

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Transplanted Lawyer
June 8th, 2009 | LINK

Well, that’s because Corzine was a) never elected to the position of Governor and b) is obviously both corrupt and incompetent. His position on marriage rights is not nearly as important as the fact that he’s simply not a good governor and has never earned the honor of being on in the eyes of the NJ voters. If the Democrats were smart, they’d ditch him for a better candidate — surely there can be found at least one Democrat in New Jersey who could do better than John Corzine.

cd
June 8th, 2009 | LINK

Oh, the New Jersey legislature tends to do the hard social issue stuff in lame duck session. The December 2007 (or was it 2005?) repeal of the death penalty was done that way. IIRC Corzine has hinted that lame duck session (i.e. this December) is when they’d get to the gay marriage legalization bill.

Ephilei
June 10th, 2009 | LINK

Fuuuuuuu……

This has been a bad week! NY and NJ are virtually out DADT is going no where.

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