Christie Vetoes Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Governor kills legislation that passed yesterday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2012 5:40 PM CST
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver hugs Assemblyman Reed Gusciora after the bill legalizing same-sex marriage passed on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
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(Newser) – Proponents of gay marriage in New Jersey will have to try again. Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation legalizing same-sex marriages today, just as he promised he would, reports the Star-Ledger. Christie, acting just one day after the Assembly sent the measure to his desk, reiterated his call for the issue to be decided in a voter referendum instead of in the legislature. He also called for some sort of ombudsman to protect the rights of same-sex couple, notes AP.

"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,’’ he said. What's next? Gay rights advocates say they will keep pushing to get enough votes to override the veto before the legislative session ends on Jan. 14, 2014. Click to read about how they got much better news in Maryland today. (Read more Chris Christie stories.)

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