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Christie Slams DOMA Ruling

Jim Burroway

June 27th, 2013

New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie, whose name is often brought up as a potential 2016 presidential contender, blasted yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional:

“I don’t think the ruling was appropriate. I think it was wrong. They, the Court, without a basis in standing, substituted their own judgment for the judgment of a Republican Congress and a Democratic President. In the Republican Congress in the ’90s and Bill Clinton. I thought that Justice Kennedy’s opinion was, in many respects, incredibly insulting to those people, 340-some members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and Bill Clinton. He basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ’90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for. So I thought it was a bad decision.

Christie reiterated his vow to again veto a marriage equality bill in New Jersey, insisting instead that the rights of New Jersey LGBT couples be put to a vote.



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Another McCain/Romney quasi-pseudo-RINO who is selling out his own supposed beliefs to run for an office he will never win.

He should take back the crocodile tears he shed for Tyler Clementi.

Ben in Oakland
June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Obviously playing both ends. If marriage passes, it was the people’s will and he isn’t responsible. If it fails, he is vindicated.

I find thins about Christie that I like, but this isn’t one of them.

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No, no, no, Governor! Justice Kennedy didn’t say the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. Congress said that back when the bill was being debated. It’s in the Congressional Record. This information was cited in the oral arguments in the “Windsor” case back in late May. You just weren’t paying attenion, were you?

And are you really saying that a law, once passed and signed, can never be questioned, revised, repealed? Are you equally as insulted by the Voting Rights Act decision as you are by the DOMA decision? And are you really saying you reject the role of the Supreme Court established in the Constitution of the United States?

If you were President, would you support amending the Constitution to eliminate the judicial branch so it could never, ever again insult Congress and the President by ruling a statute unconstitutional?

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Everyone knows the most important part of any Supreme Court decision is whether anyone gets insulted or not. Constitutionality and the rule of law come after that.

David Roberts
June 27th, 2013 | LINK

What jpeckjr said.

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

What jpeckjr said – rocks!

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

The Democratic N.Jersey Congress already did their job. Christie fuckt-it-up.

Trying to get SOMEONE ELSE to fix his fukkup is Just Like trying to get Obama to fix George Bush’s fukkups.

This is a Republican Fukkup – Clear?
It is Recorded History.

Fix it Chris!

Chris Christie fails at blaming others for not fixing HIS OWN fukkups.

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Did he feel the same way about the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act, that was ALSO passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by the President?

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

I’m tired of being told that these dipshits’ claims are insincere, just mere theater for election season.

Maybe Christie is as prejudiced as his comments seem to suggest. Maybe Rubio and Romney are also heterosexist.

Why do some people keep trying to portrait the issue as if it was impossible for a sizable portion of the population being bigoted? And why does suddenly having a degree or high position mean that your bigotry is just an act? Are people with power suddenly wiser or less hateful?

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

But it was ok for him to veto a law that the legislature passed. What a moron.

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Bill Clinton welcomed the ruling!!!

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

I can’t believe how short some of these people’s memories are.
“What?! Demean gay people?! But how could that be?! They’re wonderful Republican congressmen!”


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Sorry, I shouldn’t have implied Christie had a short memory. More like he’s being willfully, transparently obtuse.

Mark F.
June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Who cares about Christie? Put it on the ballot and it is very likely to pass. I suspect Christie is aware of this. He can be against same sex marriage, but he will accept the will of the people when it passes. Fine.

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Well, I’m glad Christie cleared something up for us. He really is an anti-gay conservative asshole. I was starting to wonder there for a little while.

Every time I even remotely think about finding examples of GOPers I find palatable, they do me the favor of reminding me why I left the party: the unfortunate combination of duplicitious, stupid, and bigoted. Christie’s statement is really all 3.

Hopefully someone got that on tape. Cuz I’m guessing by the time 2016 rolls around, the country will moved well on, and he’s going to look about as smart and modern as someone railing against the Court’s removal of miscegenation laws. Just put that on a loop and play it in the Northeast and he’s done with any presidential aspirations, because Christie don’t play in the South.

Mark F.
June 27th, 2013 | LINK

Fuck you, Bill Clinton. But glad you finally came around. That’s worth at least a buck.

June 27th, 2013 | LINK

I can’t figure out why the Democrats can’t find a really good candidate for the governor’s race and throw this fat bastard into the gutter. Then watch the Republicans swoon over him.

Mark F.
June 28th, 2013 | LINK

jerry, he’s very popular in NJ, like it or not. He would be really hard to defeat even with a good candidate. And his anti-gay stance will ultimately make no difference.

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