Christie Conditionally Vetos Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions Act

Reiterates his call for the issue to be decided by the people via referendum

Calls for the establishment of an Ombudsman to enforce the Civil Union Law

Governor Chris Christie sent S-1, the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions Act, back to the legislature this afternoon with his conditional veto.

Christie issued the following statement regarding his action:

“Today, 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.

 “I have been just as adamant that same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples – as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits. Discrimination should not be tolerated and any complaint alleging a violation of a citizen’s right should be investigated and, if appropriate, remedied. To that end, I include in my conditional veto the creation of a strong Ombudsman for Civil Unions to carry on New Jersey’s strong tradition of tolerance and fairness. The Ombudsman will be charged with increasing awareness of the law regarding civil unions, will provide a clear point of contact for those who have questions or concerns and will be required to report any evidence of the law being violated. In this way, we can ensure equal treatment under the law.”

A copy of the Conditional Veto can be found here.

Posted: February 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Marriage Equality, Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions Act | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Christie Conditionally Vetos Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions Act”

  1. Tom Stokes said at 6:42 pm on February 17th, 2012:

    Thank you Governor Christie!

  2. Jim Sage said at 6:51 pm on February 17th, 2012:

    Thanks CC!

  3. Now let's see said at 9:37 am on February 18th, 2012:

    which RINOS jump ship, and dare to vote to override the veto.. what a waste of our time and money, as Rome continues to burn!.. ps: I do believe if ever put to referendum, “Blue” Jersey will support it, but it’s about time the bureaucrats, judicial activists, and elitists ruling us realize the people put them there, and the people are supposed to decide, they don’t “know better!” am sick to death of these people telling/forcing us how to live in every aspect of life, period!!..

  4. TeaPartyDem said at 3:02 pm on February 20th, 2012:

    Of course it matters little what NJ constituents want. Renegade, lawless judges will impose their morales on us anyway with the eventual court challenges that follow defeat at the ballot box.
    But why is the homosexual lobby so selfish? Why stop at homosexual marriage. What about polygamists, incest and beastiality? Why are they left outside the front door. Why not let all the miscreants in?