Score one for human decency and equality of love!
Bowing to outside pressure from not just Senator-elect and current Newark Mayor Cory Booker, as well as from his own constituents, New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie has decided to withdraw his administration’s appeal of same-sex marriage in his state. According to a statement released by Christie’s team, “the governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the N.J. Supreme Court.”
This is a major victory for the proponents of marriage equality in the state as Christie — widely considered by most to be an early front-runner in 2016 for the Republican presidential nomination — had been blocking same-sex marriages in New Jersey for quite some time. Last month though, a lower-court ruling held that the state must start recognizing gay marriages. The announcement that Christie will drop his appeal of the ruling still had some language that raises eyebrows about Christie in 2016, however.
According to the statement released this morning, Christie also is not pleased with the court inserting “its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people.” That kind of statement provides just enough cover for Governor Christie in a couple years should he decide to run. He can simply say that he fought against gay marriage, but that he also understood he couldn’t stand in front of societal progress. Whether or not that gets him branded as a RINO or a flip-flopper by Tea Party members is yet to be seen, but regardless of any future implications for his presidential run, for now it’s just a big win for those who believe in equality for all.
Watch an MSNBC report on the story below: