Oh, Chris Christie, you were once the shining star of the Republican party. Now, you’re just another Republican having to walk the tightrope between pandering to the far-right radicals within your party and trying not to come off as some out of touch lunatic.
While the bridge scandal killed most of the momentum he had, for Christie to ever be a legitimate contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination he was always going to have to sell out to the far-right radicals within his party.
Which naturally means you have to oppose gay rights. Especially same-sex marriage. A stance Governor Christie reaffirmed when he said that the issue of gay marriage isn’t “settled” in his state, nor should Republicans “throw in the towel” so to speak on fighting the legalization of gay marriage.
“I don’t think that there’s going to be some major referee who’s going to say now it’s time to stop,” Christie told reporters. “Certainly I’m not going to, because these are opinions that I feel strongly about.”
“The country will resolve this over a period of time, but do I think it’s resolved now? No,” Christie said.
Actually, the country has resolved this issue pretty clearly. Acceptance for same-sex marriage continues to grow, and bans on same-sex marriages continue to get overturned in just about every state where someone has challenged the law.
Another thing, I don’t care how strongly he, or any other anti-gay marriage person feels about marriage equality. Because guess what? During the 50’s and 60’s millions of racist Americans felt “strongly” about segregation and opposing civil rights. Just because someone “feels strongly” about something about which they are ignorant doesn’t make their opinions on that particular issue valid.
Because Constitutional rights aren’t deemed valid or invalid based upon the beliefs of the most ignorant among us. Though people can delay the inevitable, history tells us that they always lose.
It’s like I’ve said numerous times, while the war isn’t technically over – marriage equality advocates have already won. Because the legalization of same-sex marriage in every state within the United States isn’t a matter of if it’s going to happen – but when.
So, while Christie can make these comments trying to pander to the pettiness of conservative voters, deep down he knows they’re meaningless.
This issue is settled. Same-sex marriage is sweeping this country. Gay rights in general are sweeping this country. And years from now history is going to look back on those who opposed equal rights for homosexuals much in the same way we do those who supported segregation and interracial marriage.
With disdain and absolute embarrassment that so many harbored such hate and ignorance.
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