N.J. Dems blast Christie for threatening to veto same sex marriage bill

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 20:36 EDT
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New Jersey Senate Democrats ripped Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday after he promised to veto a bill that would legalize same sex marriage.

Christie said a proposed constitutional amendment should be drafted and the issue should be put to a statewide vote.

“We do not put civil rights questions on the ballot,” New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg exclaimed at a press conference.

“This is an issue of justice, an issue of justice for all, an issue of building values, of building family values, of giving children loving homes that are actually recognized throughout the state of New Jersey.”

During the press conference, Senate President Steve Sweeney slammed a reporter who asked “what the point is” of pushing for a bill that Christie had promised to veto.

“I’m fighting to get this done,” he said. “If we have to go for an override, we will work every angle we possibly have to, but right now it’s about getting it onto his desk. And its offensive for anyone to think ‘why bother if the governor doesn’t want to do it.’”

Polls show the majority of New Jerseyans support the right of same sex couples to wed, according to the Associated Press.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by N.J. Senate Democrats, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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