New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was confronted today (8 October) during a campaign stop by a female voter who challenged the Republican on his position against gay marriage.
Bert Buono, a straight woman who supports marriage equality, asked Christie why he vetoed the gay marriage bill that had been passed by both houes of the state legislature.
Christie was challenged by Buono after he said he wanted voters to decide the issue by ballot measure. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the conversation went like this:
'This is different from gun control and taxes — this is a human rights issue,' Bueno said.
'Says you,' Christie said.
'It is,' she retorted.
'If you’re waiting to find a candidate you’re going to agree with every time, go home and look at the mirror,' Christie said. Or, 'if that’s your most important issue, then you can vote for the other person.'
Buono asked Christie if he would be willing to sit down with a group of gays and lesbians to allow himself to be convinced of the other side.
Christie did not seem interested: 'I have relatives who are gay. I have friends who are gay. I can sit down and have a conversation, but I don’t think it’s going to change my view.'
The legislature has until early January to try and override Christie's veto.
In the meantime, Christie is appealing a ruling last week by Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson to allow same-sex couples to get married in the state beginning 21 October.
A poll released today by Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind showed strong public support for the judge's decision.
The poll found that of the 702 registered voters questioned, 62% agreed with the ruling and want the state to drop the appeal.