In an obnoxious yet unsurprising move, New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoed a marriage equality bill today, following through on his age-old promise to do so.
The state Assembly had passed the bill yesterday and the Senate on Monday. Christie still holds that voters should decide on the bill, while others argue that civil rights are not to be put on a ballot.
Well this sucks.
Congrats, Christie. You are now a complete shitbag.
He’s always been a complete shitbag. I still don’t understand why these people here voted for him. He’s a complete waste of flesh.
This literally made me sick.
The right to… not be grossed out by gay people? What right was stripped away? Seriously, somebody explain to me how a law that allows people to get married “strips away” rights from others.
Had their rights stripped away? I didn’t know that they banned straight marriage in California!
Rick Santorum, you’re a douche.
WA GOV. CHRIS GREGOIRE: I WILL INTRODUCE BILL TO LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE
“It is now time for our gay and lesbian citizens to be treated equally and that means marriage.” - Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire. Story developing, update here in minutes.
UPDATE: The Seattle Times has more.
Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday said she’ll put forward legislation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples. The proposal will be introduced during the legislative session that starts Monday. If it’s approved, Washington would become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. “It’s time, it’s the right thing to do, and I will introduce a bill to do it,” Gregoire said in a statement. “Our gay and lesbian families face the same hurdles as heterosexual families — making ends meet, choosing what school to send their kids to, finding someone to grow old with, standing in front of friends and family and making a lifetime commitment,” Gregoire said. “For all couples, a state marriage license is very important. It gives them the right to enter into a marriage contract in which their legal interests, and those of their children if any, are protected by well-established civil law.”Washington state currently has an “everything but the name” domestic partners law that was upheld in the bitterly contested Referendum 71 battle.
North Carolina. September 13. Greensboro residents Steve Tanis and Rich Garraputa, who have been together for 13 years, walk toward the North Carolina Legislative Building Tuesday after a rally against a state constitutional amendment that would label marriage between a man and a woman as the only domestic legal union in North Carolina.
The State Senate voted Tuesday to put the gay marriage ban on the ballot in May 2012. The House voted in favor of the measure Monday.
If approved, the state constitution would be amended to only recognize marriage between a man and a woman as a legal union. Domestic partnerships and civil unions between straight couples and gay couples would not be recognized by the state.
[Photo: Ted Richardson/AP]