Chris Christie, usually one to rush to put his stamp on any given issue, is scared of marriage equality.
So scared that he doesn’t want to be the one who decides it.
This is how he probably figures it:
1. He realizes he is on the wrong side of history here and how damaging outright opposition to marriage equality could be to his political fortunes in the long term.
2. But he has to placate the parts of the Republican base which are rabidly anti-marriage equality.
3. So he tries to claim that he takes a middle road by letting people vote on it.
4. And he tells Republicans who are caught in a similar bind – like Kip Bateman, scared of support for marriage equality in places in his district like Princeton and South Brunswick – to do the same.
But civil rights aren’t for the ballot box. Should the right to interracial marriage have been decided at the ballot box forty years ago? The right of Muslim-Americans to enjoy equal rights as Americans be decided that way today? What makes marriage equality different from those scenarios?
Governor, this is your chance to lead – not to cower behind leaving the decision to others. There’s still time.