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N.J. Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Same Marriage Bill, Democrats and Garden State Equality Reacts

Proving that he’s nothing more than coward and and a lackey of the GOP New Jersey Governor Chris Chirstie has vetoed a same sex marriage bill passed by both houses of the legislature.  Christie says he wants voters to decide whether New Jersey changes the definition of marriage. Democratic lawmakers say it’s a civil rights issue that shouldn’t be put up for a public vote. Lawmakers have until the end of the January 2014 legislative session to override the veto.

A two-thirds vote in each chamber is necessary to override Christie’s veto, and can be attempted as many times as necessary until January 2014. A veto override in the House would require 12 more votes, and 3 more votes in the Senate.

Steven Goldstein “President and CEO” of Garden State Equality’s released a statement earlier today:

Frankly, I don’t think Chris Christie has an anti-gay bone in his body, however much I cannot say the same about his impending veto.  His veto will be a brutally anti-gay act, pure and simple.

The Governor keeps calling for a referendum, which everyone knows will never happen in New Jersey.  To borrow the Governor’s words, it’s time for him to stop engaging in political theater.  Our lives are not La Cage Aux Folles:  LGBT people fall in love, raise families, often children whom the rest of society shuns, and pay taxes in what is still one of the most heavily taxed states in the country.

Our Governor knows our contributions to society.  He won’t veto the bill because he’s anti-gay.  He’ll veto the bill because the 2016 South Carolina Republican Presidential primary electorate is anti-gay.  And if I get flooded with letters now from Charleston, so be it.

And that’s what hurts so badly.   I like this Governor and am able to see him beyond the headlines.  When you are rejected by someone you want so badly to love you unconditionally – my own parents have taught me what that’s like – the pain is searing.  Rick Santorum I can live with.  Gerry Cardinale I can live with, too.  But Chris Christie’s rejection?  That hurts.

Oh  PLEASE get over the crap of “love the sinner, hate the sin”……as in, “we can be friends while you deprive us of our rights” bullshit. Get mad and grow some balls

 Sorry Goldstein but your creepy unconditional love needed by Christie is sickening.  And just to put some perspective on Garden State Equality this is the same group that put out a giant press release praising Chris Christie for nominating a gay black man to NJ’s Supreme Court who turned out to be an arch-conservative and who vowed to recuse himself from any gay marriage cases and the day after that press release Christie did a press conference promising to veto gay marriage.  New Jersey’s premier gay rights group is thoroughly manipulated or thick in the head.  Paod “wishy washy” LGBT advocates like Goldstein is the reason we get nowhere fast

Meanwhile New Jersey Assembly Democrats have released a video response to Governor Chris Christie’s veto this afternoon of the recently-passed marriage equality bill.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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