Christie: Republicans Shouldn't Back Down on Gay Marriage

Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 07:36 AM

By Elliot Jager

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said Republicans should not abandon their opposition to gay marriage, Time magazine reported.

The issue is "settled" in New Jersey, given Democratic control of the legislature and recent judicial rulings, Christie acknowledged. While opposition to single-sex marriage is a plank in the GOP platform, it should not be part of the national Republican campaign. "It should be done state by state," he said.

"I don't think that there's going to be some major referee who's going to say now it's time to stop. Certainly I'm not going to, because these are opinions that I feel strongly about."

Christie continued: "The country will resolve this over a period of time. But do I think it's resolved now? No."

It was necessary to conduct the debate with mutual respect, he added.

Christie said he had accepted last year that he could not block same-sex marriage in New Jersey. "When I know that I've been defeated you don't bang your head against a wall and spend taxpayer money to do it. Absent a change in the legislature, I think at the moment it's settled law in New Jersey," Time reported.

Vote Now: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance?

The possible 2016 presidential candidate said he could not forecast whether the momentum in support of gay marriage could be reversed. "I don't know, I don't have a crystal ball."

He made his remarks on the sidelines of the National Governors Association's 106th Summer Meeting in Nashville which ends on July 13th.

Some other Republican governors opposed to single-sex marriage took a similar tone, the Associated Press reported.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a possible presidential contender, said that while "those on the left" were pushing the issue, Republicans have been focused on economic affairs.

Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa said, "I'm a religious conservative, I'm a Catholic, I'm pro-life, [but] I think the people of Iowa look to me to provide leadership in bringing good jobs and growing the Iowa economy."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Legal Immigrants Being Blocked in Latest Obamacare Glitch

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 14:27 PM

Legal immigrants, eligible for Obamacare, are running into problems when they try to sign up for coverage on HealthCare. . . .

Sperm Can Carry Ebola for 82 Days: WHO

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 12:40 PM

Sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, the World Health Organization said Friday, urging men recovering f . . .

Putin Says Russia Doing Fine in Face of Tumbling Crude Prices

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 12:32 PM

President Vladimir Putin said Russia will cope with the rout in crude oil after benchmark prices plunged to a four-year  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved