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GOP New Jersey Assemblyman Says He Will Change His Vote On Marriage Equality

by Jean Ann Esselink on October 6, 2013

in DOMA,Jean Ann Esselink,Marriage,News

New Jersey Assemblyman Chris A. Brown announced Wednesday evening that he is ready to change his vote on same-sex marriage. Brown is the first Republican who voted against marriage equality in 2012, to say he would now vote to override the veto of Governor Chris Christie, if the opportunity arises.

It seems like Governor Christie has become the little Dutch Boy with his finger in the dyke, single-handedly keeping New Jersey from embracing marriage equality. It was the governor’s veto that kept same-sex marriages from becoming legal in New Jersey after the legislature passed a marriage equality bill in 2012. And last week,  Gov. Christie decided to appeal a court decision that ordered same-sex marriages to commence in New Jersey later this month.

According to PolitickerNJ, after the debate, Brown explained his change of heart to his Atlantic City constituents, saying:

“I just believe when it comes to civil rights, I don’t believe it’s appropriate for the public to vote on it.”

Two other Republican assembly members ,Declan O’Scanlon and Holly Schepisi, have also said they would vote to override. Neither of them cast a vote on the same-sex marriage bill in 2012.

Someone should warn Governor Christie, one way or another, marriage equality is coming to New Jersey.

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cipher October 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

Someone should warn Governor Christie, one way or another, marriage equality is coming to New Jersey.

Christie isn't ideologically opposed to it; he's just trying to get back into the GOP's good graces. In other words, he's pulling a John McCain.

I'm sure he'd love to be overridden on this. Then he can back down and say something like, "Well, now that it's law … " and appear to support it. He's attempting to play both sides of the fence.

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