Bigot of the Week Award: February 24, Gov. Chris Christie

24 Feb

Bigot of the Week

Surprising no-one, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bucked the trend of equality sweeping the nation this week by vetoing a marriage equality bill passed by his state’s legislature. Thank you to my friend and LGBT ally Sara Carmona for her nomination of Christie. Despite pressure from advocacy groups, local politicians of both major parties, and a phone call from Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (who had just signed a similar law), Christie played politics with the civil rights of thousands of New Jersey citizens.

The Governor continues to hide behind a two-pronged attack on equality. First, he maintains that changing marriage law should be put to a vote of the people, an absurd claim that civil rights require a stamp of majority approval. This is also an ironic dodge given that all recent polls show a safe majority of New Jersey citizens supporting full marriage equality. Second, Christie points to New Jersey’s civil union law, saying that separate but equal should be just fine for the gays. REALLY? Wasn’t that concept thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court fifty years ago, Governor?

It’s very clear that Christie is playing the political odds here. He wants to run for president in 2016 (being too afraid to challenge President Obama this year) and can’t risk a pro-equality vote that would alienate the slavering hordes of tea party types that vote in Republican primaries. As equality sweeps the nation, however, that move may be a major miscalculation as equality may well be the standard by the time he tries to run. He certainly wasn’t prepared for the strong backlash as demonstrated in this bloviating, ineffective attempt at defending his position.  Christie, yet another Republican on the wrong side of history!  Christie better be careful, for the Gay Agenda will be watching his actions!

A sad dishonorable mention this week goes to Daniel Porkorney, the mayor of La Grande, Oregon, who posted anti-equality statements (including approval of Christie’s action) on his Facebook page. He quickly learned the lesson so many celebrities have learned — online words will bite you — as his community mounted a petition demanding his resignation and forced a strong apology.


6 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: February 24, Gov. Chris Christie”

  1. prideinmadness February 24, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    I laughed when John Stewart did a bit on his show about banning fat marriage! This isn’t even an issue really in Canada anymore….hurts me that this is still going on in the USA.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt February 24, 2012 at 8:06 am #

      Thank you for your kind comment. I will have to try and find that Daily Show episode.

  2. nevercontrary February 24, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    When the economy is getting better some how all of a sudden abortion, gays, and birth control become life threatening issues.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      You know how women and gays like to destroy the economy! 🙂

      • Christopher Wilson February 26, 2012 at 7:23 am #

        I have suspicion that Christie shared some of Newt’s twinkies on their last visit together! (NJ had such high hopes for him initially, he hung himself for certain)

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt February 26, 2012 at 7:27 am #

        Chris, I love that! “Christie sharing some of Newt’s twinkies.” Oh my god I have to steal that!

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