Chris Christie on Civil Rights


Vetoed closure of Developmental Disabilities Centers

Underscoring the importance of providing a high quality of life in the most integrated setting possible for New Jersey's residents with developmental disabilities, Gov. Christie today utilized the conditional veto to recommend changes to improve S-2928, legislation creating the Task Force on the Closure of State Developmental Centers. Gov. Christie's recommendations recognize the importance of this fundamental civil rights issue, establishing a process to study and carefully implement any reduction in the number of operating developmental centers.

"It has been my view all along that the decision on whether or not to close a developmental center is first and foremost a civil rights issue and not a budgetary issue," wrote Governor Christie. "To ensure a better quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities, New Jersey must provide these individuals with developmental disabilities with the ability to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs."

Source: Press release, "Developmental Disabilities" , Aug 25, 2011

Pursue civil unions in NJ, but not same-sex marriage

Q: What about same-sex marriage? New York has passed this. Do you think states like New York should have the right to do what they did, or do you believe in a constitutional amendment that would bar states from passing same-sex marriage?

A: I'll tell you, in New Jersey we have a civil union law. And we had a very vigorous debate in late 2009, early 2010--before I became governor--about same-sex marriage, and it failed in the state legislature under a Democratic legislature with Democratic Governor Jon Corzine. And so my view on it is, in our state we're going to continue to pursue civil unions. I am not a fan of same-sex marriage. It's not something that I support. I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That's my view, and that'll be the view of our state because I wouldn't sign a bill like the one that was in New York.

Source: Interview on NBC "Meet the Press" , Jun 26, 2011

Homosexuals are born that way; they're not sinners

Q: Is homosexuality a sin?

A: Well, my religion says it's a sin. But for me, I've always believed that people are born with the predisposition to be homosexual. And so I think if someone is born that way it's very difficult to say then that's a sin. But I understand that my Church says that but for me personally I don't look at someone who is homosexual as a sinner.

Q: You support civil unions. You don't support gay marriage. Can you see a situation where you would change your mind about that?

A: I don't think so. I believe marriage is an institution between one man and one woman. I think it's special and unique in society and I think we can have civil unions that help to give the same type of legal rights to same-sex couples that marriage gives them but I just think marriage is a special connotation. I couldn't change my mind on that but I am in favor of making sure that homosexual couples have the same type of legal rights that heterosexual couples have.

Source: Interview on CNN "Piers Morgan Tonight" , Jun 15, 2011

Marriage exclusively between one man and one woman

I believe marriage should be exclusively between one man and one woman. While, I have no issue with same sex couples sharing contractual rights, I believe that marriage should remain the exclusive domain of one man and one woman. If a bill legalizing same sex marriage came to my desk as Governor, I would veto it. If the law were changed by judicial fiat, I would be in favor of a constitutional amendment on the ballot so that voters, not judges, would decide this important social question.
Source: Campaign website, www.christiefornj.com, "Issues" , Jul 21, 2009

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