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Christie denies evolution

On marriage equality, New Jersey public opinion evolves while the governor doesn't

Christie denies evolution

Chris Christie, who last year responded “none of your business” when asked his views on evolution, has come out at last.

He doesn’t believe in it – at least as it pertains to marriage equality.

During a live NJTV interview Thursday with Steve Adubato, the governor addressed a question from “Zoe in Clinton" about his recent veto of the New Jersey legislature’s same-sex marriage bill.

Christie and Adubato had this exchange (hat tip: Blue Jersey):

Christie: The fact is I made my position clear when I ran for governor that I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.

Adubato: But positions evolve, Governor.

Christie: Well, mine has not.

While the governor clings to the notion that a special, separate and (supposedly) equal civil classification for same-sex couples is necessary to protect heterosexual marriage, the people of  New Jersey are leaving him behind.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll finds support for same-sex marriage now stands at 57 percent, up from 41 percent in 2006.

Public opinion indeed has evolved, although Christie and other Republican champions of “civil unions” will likely take heart that the same poll shows New Jersey residents support the governor’s cynical call for a marriage equality referendum.

It's unlikely that gay people will be subjected to a statewide popularity contest any time soon, given the necessary complexity of placing social issues on the ballot.

Meanwhile, evolution will continue. With or without Christie.

 

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
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