Bert Bueno, a straight woman who just stopped in to have breakfast at the diner Chris Christie campaigned in this morning, engaged him in a conversation about marriage.
“It’s a human rights issue,” Bueno (a straight person having breakfast at the insisted.
“Says you,” Christie responded.
That’s a reasonably pugnacious way to respond to a constituent, but it’s less insulting than a lot of what Christie has said to people who disagree with him as strongly as Bueno does. That said, maybe because he was just inches from her face leaning over her table as they talked, it was a more civil conversation than some of the exchanges Christie likes to have.
Civil, but so wrong.
I hope supporters of marriage equality show up at tonight’s first debate between Sen. Barbara Buono and Christie in the contest between them for the seat he now holds. Because they couldn’t be farther from each other on the issue. Buono strongly backs the equality position. Has for a long time. Christie is now the single obstacle in the way.
How wrong is Christie?
Christie says: “I think marriage should be between a man and a woman.” But the law of the land, which includes the NJ territory he’s supposed to serve, no longer defines marriage between a man and a woman. So says the United States Supreme Court, in striking down DOMA’s guts.
Christie says: It shouldn’t be decided by courts, it shouldn’t be decided by politicians in Trenton.” Why does he say it shouldn’t be? Because it already has been decided by them. And his side lost. The Legislature passed it. And a a state judge just ruled same-sex marriages in NJ must be allowed to proceed (Christie is fighting tooth-and-nail, seeking both an appeal and a stay).
Christie says: “If the majority of the people of New Jersey want same-sex marriage, I’ll enforce the law.” No, he won’t. Christie’s seen the same NJ polls you have. Support for NJ marriage equality is at 60%. And the FDU poll out today says 62% of us support Superior Court Mary Jacobson’s decision to give ‘gay marriage’ the go-ahead, on the ground that current NJ law is a violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA decision. And that 62% of those polled say they want the state (read: Christie) to drop the appeal.
Everything Christie is doing is designed to string this out (as states as diverse as Iowa and Vermont already have marriage equality) so he can tell his GOP funding buddies he fought the good fight and is doing his best to keep all that gayness at bay, so please send me a check.
All this is at the expense of people you probably know whose lives have been on hold, and whose kids, some of them, feel like we’re keeping in limbo.
There’s a big difference between these candidates. Will you be watching tonight’s debate?