Gov. Chris Christie has long maintained that he would veto any same-sex marriage bill that came across his desk. This week, however, he changed his tune slightly. On Tuesday, a day after he nominated an openly gay man to serve on the state’s highest court, he proposed putting the same-sex marriage issue on the November ballot, leaving the decision to the people of New Jersey.
Democrats have rejected the idea. “Marriage equality isn’t like sports betting,” Senator Raymond Lesniak, a Union County Democrat, told the New York Times. “It’s a civil right, which is already guaranteed in our Constitution. It’s up to the Legislature to guarantee these rights.”
Newark Mayor Cory Booker agrees, and gave an impassioned speech yesterday, saying that civil rights issues should not be put “to a popular vote subject to the sentiments, the passions, of the day.” Watch the video below and then take our poll at the bottom.