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Victory! Gov. Christie Vetoes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

 

Gov. Christie fulfills his promise to the people of New Jersey:

Gov. Chris Christie has backed up his promise to reject a bill allowing same-sex marriages in New Jersey.

His veto came Friday, a day after the state Assembly passed the bill. The Senate approved it Monday.

... Lawmakers have until the end of the January 2014 legislative session to override the veto.

They would need to get two-thirds of the lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate to agree. Both votes to pass it fell short of that mark.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature has been unsuccessful in every previous attempt to override Christie. -- The Associated Press

27 Comments

  1. Ash
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    God bless Governor Christie!

  2. ResistSSA
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Don't state legislatures have more important things to worry about - economy anyone? - than changing the definition of marriage?

    And more to the point in Jersey, this law was a loser from the get-go. If I were a taxpayer in any of these states. I'd vote out the bums who proposed and voted for the passage of these bills on principle. What a waste of taxpayer money!

  3. Psyklst
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    those darn activist Governors.

  4. Randy E King
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    In a perfect world 2012 will end with Maryland and Washington reversals by public initiative, New Hampshire’s repeal, NC and Minnesota constitutional amendments, Iowa removal of roadblock to repeal, and SCOTUS prop 8 review.

  5. Zack
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who thought he would change his mind was just fooling themselves. This is the same crap the tried to pull when he said he wasn't running for president. but people still pushed him.

  6. Posted February 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    It's good to know that at least some of our elected leaders still "get it."

  7. Ken Cauld
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Victory, Maryland assembly passes SSM, the senate has more than enough support. Go Maryland!

  8. Ken Cauld
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh, by the way... Christie's veto will be overturned, we have till 2014 to do so.

  9. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for keeping your word Governor!

  10. Louis E.
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    If the 2013 election results in the Democrats losing seats in New Jersey,with SSM being a campaign issue,I don't think the override would succeed.

  11. TC Matthews
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Good news!

  12. The.Truth
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    The question is which will come first, the overriding of christie's veto, or the state supreme court ruling that civil unions don't cut it?

  13. The.Truth
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    A test.

  14. The.Truth
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Yep

  15. AM
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    "Christie's veto will be overturned, we have till 2014 to do so."

    The legislature could vote to allow a referendum of the people. Why not?

  16. Rick DeLano
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    By 2014 Prop 8 will have been upheld at SCOTUS, MN and NC will have spanked the last remaining illusions of electoral viability out of the marriage corruption movement, and we will have a pro-marriage President.

    Then it will be time to focus in on those who have betrayed marriage, and deprived the people of their right to vote on the matter.

    Political walking papers..................line forms to the left.........

  17. Leviticus
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    The people always get there say, Just as they have an 31 other states.

  18. John Noe
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    This is why a voter referendum is the only way. Look carefully at comment #12. The person has just given the finger to the voters of NJ and wants the unelected court or bribed legislatures to impose SSM.
    When the people vote to make marriage one man and one woman as an amendment it means only the people can overide it.

  19. Ash
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Amen, John.

  20. AM
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    "This is why a voter referendum is the only way. Look carefully at comment #12. The person has just given the finger to the voters of NJ and wants the unelected court or bribed legislatures to impose SSM"

    John Noe
    Absolutely. But in NJ, before the people can vote via referendum, the legislature has to approve it.
    This is how ssm advocates keep the people from having a vote. Iowa has the same rule and that is why no referendum has been allowed in that state.
    The legislature can *deny* the people a right to vote
    on an issue.

  21. Louis E.
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    I have to point out that I'm dissatisfied with Christie's veto message...he made a point of expressing support for the "equal rights for same-sex couples" ruling by the Supreme Court there and wants this to be about nothing but the word marriage.We need more leaders (however "liberal" on other issues) who will say that the general welfare requires a public policy of unambiguous preference for opposite-sex over same-sex relationships and calling for constitutional prohibition on the treatment of rules discouraging homosexual activity as constituting "discrimination" against a class of people defined by desire to violate such rules.

  22. 654321
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Veto, veto, veto.
    Yes Louis E - Veto any public encouraging of homosexuality.
    Out of the Closet? Well keep it in the bedroom.

  23. Fedele Razio
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Good citizen must protect marriage against self-hating self-destroying unamerican and anti-human politicians and politics like those confusing between marriage and same sex relationships.

  24. roger
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I would also like Christie to give a defense of marriage, but that may not be possible in New Jersey.

    Christie should push to expand Civil Unions to allow family relations. There shouldn't be any requirement for sexual relations for a CU. This would reinforce the notion that Marriage is a Comprehensive Bodily Union between sexes, while CU's would simply be unions of aid and support....not a state endorsement/promotion of Homosexual behavior.

  25. Little man
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    You know? Politicians play their hand very cautiously. They are successful because they don't make any 'waves' they don't have to. Everything is strategy. Of course, Democrats can elect their own Governor, and i am sure they would like to do that, now that they have been vetoed. But you know? Maybe the reason they voted for same-sex civil marriage in the legislature is BECAUSE they knew Gov. Christie would surely veto it. They can claim they tried, going on record, and yet it would be harmless, and people would forget how they voted. It's all in a day of politics. Christie has shown he can be a leader, and stand alone, if needed. I wouldn't want to be Governor. No thanks.

  26. Dee
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know when the next election will be held? We need to vote these bums out ?

  27. Louis E.
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Dee,New Jersey votes in odd-numbered years.