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Newark Mayer Blasts Gov. Christie for Suggesting Marriage Referendum

Jim Burroway

January 25th, 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker denounced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the governor’s vow to veto marriage equality legislation and his call for a statewide referendum on marriage equality. Booker, who has refused to perform marriages in city hall since 2009 in protest over the state’s inequality in marriage law, blasted the governor for suggesting that a minority’s rights should be put up for a vote.

“I shudder to think what would have happened if the civil rights gains, heroically established by courageous lawmakers in the 1960s, were instead conveniently left up to popular votes in our 50 states. … Equal protection under the law – for race, religion, gender or sexual orientation – should not be subject to the most popular sentiments of the day. Marriage equality is not a choice. It is a legal right. I hope our leaders in Trenton will affirm and defend it.”

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Bernie
January 25th, 2012 | LINK

A profile in courage. Thank you Mayor Booker.

Mark F.
January 25th, 2012 | LINK

Perhaps Governor Christie believes the state legislature should be abolished and we should just go to direct democracy for every issue. If so, he should run on that platform.

Timothy Kincaid
January 25th, 2012 | LINK

just a wild idea thinking aloud…

I wonder what a bill legalizing marriage but subject to approval of the electorate would do.

Polls suggest that marriage has pretty strong public support in NJ. Yes, that can change between now and the election, but I’m guessing we would win.

And Christie would be put in an odd political position: he would have to sign the bill, having asked for it. So he would be the first Republican Governor to sign a marriage bill – even if it was to “put it to a vote”. And all his primary opponents (should he run for prez some day) would forget the “to a vote” part in their political ads.

Iamposterity
January 25th, 2012 | LINK

Dear American Public,

A Democracy is mob rule.
A Constitutional Republic provides for limiting of government so as to secure the rights of BOTH majority and minority. That is what makes America great.

Please learn something,
Peace, love and bubble gum….

Oops all out of bubble gum, guess it’s time to kick some A$S and take some names!

Lucrece
January 25th, 2012 | LINK

The turn-out for this election is heavily Republican biased, so we can’t assume that the people providing polls with a 52% approval will be the people that vote in the upcoming elections.

boywonder3919
January 25th, 2012 | LINK

The funniest thing about Chris Christie’s proposal is that amending the state constitution simply won’t happen. In NJ there is no referendum or ballot initiative process. Any amendment has to pass both houses of the state legislature with 3/5 msjority in each house and then pass a simple majority of the voters. Given the political make up of the senate, Christie has to know an amendment won’t ever get to the ballot.

Tone
January 25th, 2012 | LINK

This is a stark and welcome contrast to the cowardice shown by the governor.

Snowman
January 26th, 2012 | LINK

So how is it that the “special rights” of the “Conservatives” the Fundamentalist Christians and the super rich haven’t got put up to a vote yet? You know? That right to walk all over the rest of us? I sure didn’t vote for the economy to be purposely crashed in ’08 or for people to decide my mom can’t marry her partner.

I’m tired of all these liars.

Funny how the only time they want people’s rights put to a vote is when it’s not their rights.

customartist
January 26th, 2012 | LINK

Let the N.jersey Legislature know what you think:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/abcroster.asp

Senator Stephen M. Sweeney is the President and outspoken proponent of Marriage Equality.

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