BY MICHAEL HAYNE
Long before the Supreme Court made Jesus weep by striking down DOMA, a lot of businesses offered benefits to same-sex couples. They wanted to attract the best, brightest and presumable fabulous talent. As a result of the Supreme Court's ruling this week, the state of New York even more attractive for companies to set up shop.
Goldman Sachs, for example, the global bank behemoth and overlord of crony capitalism and reckless greed, employs 8,000 staff in lower Manhattan - where gay marriage is recognized - and 4,500 right across the water in Jersey City, where it is not. Governor Christie, who is walking a fine line between needing to win reelection in a very blue state, still maintains a deeply conservative record to keep the door open for a 2016 run. Although his response was not totally unhinged and riddled with biblical distortions and theocratic fascism like some of the more famous clowns in the Republican Party. Christie did show himself to be still operating from a place of intolerance.
“I don’t think the ruling was appropriate, I think it was wrong,” Christie said on his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. (Business
But in a state where unemployment still remains considerably high, Christie seems to be more interested in maintaining outdated and unpopular views for a 2016 run over accepting a decision that could generate economic activity in his state of New Jersey. Christie said that he would be happy to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage if it were backed by a voter mandate. But voting on civil rights is not only tacky and unfortunate, it comes with great risks since the bigots hear the whistle and come out in droves. In the interim, not supporting it is a loss in potential revenues for the state. Christie seems to be appeasing both sides of the argument in hopes that it will go away before November, a decision that may actually do more harm than good.