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Chris Christie's anti-gay veto may come back to bite him

It’s why I chose not to waste a breath in pleading with the Governor not to veto – and have put Garden State Equality immediately to work to achieve an override. The great news is, we have until the end of the legislative session, in January 2014, to do it.

That doesn’t obviate the pain of the Governor’s veto. Because I do know him, I also know he is not some anti-LGBT nut. He is no Rick Santorum. 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.

Governor, rest assured that even though I came of political age in an era where political adversaries could be friends – and if you’re game, we’ll continue that good relationship – Garden State Equality and I will continue to fight you on marriage equality with every bone in our bodies. You would expect no less.

For us, this is not about politics. This is about our fundamental American right to conduct our lives with a full life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Equality.

And until we achieve it, we will fight with our every last breath. And we will win, so help me God.

Christie, who has endorsed Mitt Romnney's 2012 presidency and is surefire 2016 GOP candidate, is treading treacherous political waters, full of present versus future dilemmas. If the inane clown posse of deranged lunatics seeking the Republican ticket is any indication of the rightward shift in the Republican party, Christie must eschew his socially moderate stances that placates a left-of-center (at least socially) state, in order to begin burnishing his far-right bona fides to woo the anti-everything-under-the-sun Republican primary crowd. Irrespective, Christie is clearly on the wrong side of history and this veto of his may come back to bite him in the 80,000 BTU air conditioner he calls a bum.

Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/Columnist extraordinaire. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Comments (3)
3 Monday, 20 February 2012 14:55
PeteG
As an uninformed and uneducated (aka, average) American, I think poor Governor Christine of New Jersey is trying her best to do the right thing. And I don't know who rules Maryland, but I'm sure he's working equally hard to prevent the horror of gay marriage.

Let's all be Waterford Crystal clear about what's really going on here: The fate of both Maryland and New Jersey... and the entire earth... hang in the balance. Gay marriage is a cause for great alarm and my very well be the first warning sign of The Rapture.

At this very moment, innumerable married gays around the world are committing acts of what I have taken to calling “homoterrorism”. It's true. For example, if a large number of lesbians were to hug one another, it could cause the collapse of the Greek economy. (See. I told you.)

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2 Monday, 20 February 2012 09:39
beegbolt
When you have a legislature pass an important civil rights issue like this, the govenor failed to do his homework. His veto went against the law and constitution. Did he even hear of prop 8? So far, 3 out of 4 judges have deemed a mob vote on a minorities civil right, illegal. Chrisie must have been referring to "biblical law".
1 Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:07
Martin Pal
Whatever I thought of Chris Christie before, I am now ACTIVELY anti-Christie. We elect representatives to our state and federal governments to REPRESENT our preferences and have them do this work for us. Everything in our lives is not up for a vote. The NJ legislature put a bill on Christie's desk. The most recent polls show his state agrees with it. He won't sign it. I say NJ Legislatures put up for a vote that Governors should weigh no more than, I'll be generous, 250 lbs.

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