In 2012, the New Jersey Gov. Christie angered the gay-rights community when he vetoed a bill that would have legalised same-sex marriage in the Garden State.
“Frankly, I don’t think Chris Christie has an antigay bone in his body,” Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, told The New York Times at the time. Still, Goldstein described the veto as “a brutally antigay act, pure and simple.”
Tim Eustace, a gay member of New Jersey’s legislature, said then that “the veto makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that he does not think my family, and thousands of others, are equal in the eyes of the law,” according to the Times.
The next year, a case in New Jersey’s Supreme Court legalised gay marriage there, and Christie opted to withdraw his appeal of the decision even though he said he disagreed with it.
Christie still made it clear in 2014 that he didn’t think the US Supreme Court should decide the issue of gay marriage. Now that the US Supreme Court has decided that issue, same-sex marriage will likely fade somewhat from the campaign trail. Gay-rights advocates probably won’t soon forget Christie’s veto from 2012, though.
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