EDISON – Republican Gov. Chris Christie was asked to explain his opposition to same-sex marriage during a campaign stop at the Edison Diner today, according to a Star-Ledger report.
Highland Park resident Bert Bueno questioned the governor on the issue, the paper reported.
“I think marriage should be between a man and a woman,” Christie said. “My view is: If you want to change it, put it on the ballot. Let everybody decide. It shouldn’t be decided by courts, it shouldn’t be decided by politicians in Trenton. It should be decided by everybody. If the majority of the people of New Jersey want same-sex marriage, I’ll enforce the law.”
Bueno asked if Christie would be willing to sit down for an open conversation with a group of gay and lesbian people “to really see how this is affecting them,” according to the report.
“I have relatives who are gay, I have friends who are gay,” Christie said. “I think I have an understanding. That’s not the point. We have a difference of opinion. The fact is: I’m open to having conversations with anybody, but I don’t think it’s going to change my point of view.”
Star-Ledger reporter Brent Johnson wrote that the conversation was calm, but noted it was one of the few times that Christie has been challenged at a campaign appearance.
Last year, the governor vetoed a marriage equality bill passed by the state Legislature, and his administration is currently appealing a court decision that legalizes same-sex marriage.
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