New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie says the state will not be following New York’s example and legalising gay marriage.
New York’s decision to legalise gay marriage on Friday was a significant step for gay recognition in the law’s eyes and huge victory for gay marriage campaigners across the US.
Yet Chris Christie, Republican governor for New Jersey, has spoken out against the result and vowed that he “wouldn’t sign a bill like the one that they had in New York”.
On an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press he said, “In our state, we’re going to continue to pursue civil unions. I am not a fan of same-sex marriage. It’s not something that I support.”
“I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman.”
New Jersey Gay rights campaigners have expressed doubt over civil unions and claim that insurers, hospitals and public services might not fully understand or recognise them. The state’s only openly gay lawmaker, Democrat Reed Gusciora has called for a more collective effort in the struggle for same sex marriage equality.
A gay marriage bill failed in the senate last year. Worryingly Minnesota is poised to ask voters to decide on whether there should be a constitutional ban on gay marriage next year. North Carolina is debating similar action.