Sunday, February 19, 2012
As I previously blogged, Governor Chris Christie promised to veto the gay marriage bill that New Jersey’s Assembly approved last week. On Friday, Christie followed through with his promise by vetoing the bill and calling for a ballot question to decide the matter. In a public statement, Christie said,
I am adhering to what I've said since this bill was first introduced – an issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide. I continue to encourage the Legislature to trust the people of New Jersey and seek their input by allowing our citizens to vote on a question that represents a profoundly significant societal change. This is the only path to amend our State Constitution and the best way to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage in our state.
See Angela Delli Santi, New Jersey Gay Marriage Bill Vetoed By Chris Christie, The Huffington Post, Feb. 17, 2012.