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Gov. Chris Christie Drops Legal Challenge To Gay Marriage

October 21, 2013

This weekend I noted that Gov. Chris Christie objects to gay marriage for political purposes.  He has Potomac Fever and that makes him say things about certain issues that he otherwise would not be inclined to do.

This morning we were all greeted with good news that Christie is dropping a legal challenge to a court ruling abolishing New Jersey’s ban on same-sex marriages.  In a statement he makes clear that the weight of the court is supreme with their ruling, and he will abide by it.

No one should be shocked when legislative bodies or the electorate make laws or decisions that turn out not to be constitutional and then the courts make a ruling to set things right. That is, after all, the function of a court.    Yet Christie made a production for several days for political show, knowing full well that he was on the losing end of the argument.  On Friday the New Jersey Supreme Court declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling knocking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The state’s highest court had been scheduled to hear further arguments in January. With that case dropped, same-sex weddings in New Jersey became legal starting at 12:01 a.m. today.

It is never pretty to see someone flaunt the courts based on some political spin that is solely intended to gain some favor from a faction of the electorate.  Showing respect for the court and the process would have better served a potential presidential candidate.

Christie is still leaning.

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