Was Christie's Veto Wrong?

Should the governor have signed into law gay marriage after the state Legislature approved it?

This week in a historic vote in New Jersey, the state Assembly voted 42-33 to approve gay marriage. The state Senate also approved the same measure, but Gov. Chris Christie promised to veto the measure as soon as it hit his desk - and he did late Friday.

His decision has come under criticism and some elected officials have said they will work to override the governor's veto - though it is not clear if there will be enough votes to do so.

However, the governor has said his veto is conditional - he wants to put the whole matter before the public and let the issue of gay marriage be decided by the voters.

What do you think? 

David Herman February 22, 2012 at 09:54 PM
i agree, there are many positive aspects to religious beliefs. But when religion is used to marginalize others' beliefs and way of life, it can also be very dangerous. Thankfully, all people are people in this country, no matter what god, if any, they believe in. One day soon, all my friends will have the same rights I enjoy, despite the best efforts of those who use divine justifications for hate and mistreatment of others.
Monk February 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM
As I said, what to some are cultural values, others call prejudice and fear. For those who do not share or fully understand a value — in this instance, the traditional concept of marriage, calling it hateful is, well, bigoted in its own way.
Butterfly February 23, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Greg & J, Can you please do your religious pandering in the semi-privacy of your own holy ritual places? Reading in the morning that God created man and woman is a bit too much ignorance for me to handle.
David Herman February 23, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I respect your values; they only become "prejudice and fear" when you try to use those values to make others who don't share those values lesser members of society. I encourage you to have whatever values you see fit, just don't impose them on us. If 2 gays marry, how does that in any way effect you or your belief system?
Monk February 23, 2012 at 08:38 PM
The term "marriage" has great symbolic meaning as it has been used for centuries by heterosexual couples to designate their bond. It's the redefinition and co-opting of the term that is objectionable. You can't just blow off history and culture. If it is only a matter of unequal taxation, the government can end its discrimination without redefining symbolic words. Can someone really complain about being marginalized when they freely live a lifestyle at the periphery of the cultural norms? This may all be moot in a few decades since cultural norms evolve. But in the meantime, a hard push from the left is bound to be answered with some pushback from the right. And it's not as if something new is being imposed on gay couples. It is quite the opposite. Gay couples are the innovators here.


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