Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dems Plan To Legalize Gay Marriage During Lame Duck Session

Early on during the gubernatorial campaign, Jon Corzine promised Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender groups that gay marriage would be on the ballot this fall. Given that there is no gay marriage referendum, Corzine's implication is that voting for him is a vote for gay marriage.

Yet, all we have heard from him lately are weighty issues about Chris Christie's driving record, appointment to U.S Attorney by George Bush, and mammogram mandates.

Last week at Rider University, Corzine said gay marriage is not likely to be on the ballot as long as he is governor. Paul Mulshine quotes the governor responding to a student's question about putting the question up for referendum as follows:

"Well, I, uh, you know, it probably will not as long as I am governor because I actually believe, uh, that these are the kinds of decisions based on, uh, the, ummm, acceptance of the Supreme Court’s judgment that, uh, marriage equity, umm, is consistent with our principles and our Constitution and I believe we should, uh, follow the Constitution."

A group of Republican legislators held a press conference yesterday to allege that Corzine has already cut a deal to legalize gay marriage during the lame duck session after the election. Mulshine quotes Senator Gerald Cardinale,

"I was in the room when a key chairman promised the governor’s office that he would put it up, but that he wouldn’t do it until the lame-duck session after the election and the governor’s office said, ‘That’s fine.’"

I think all people should have the same rights and government should stay out of the marriage business. Leave marriage to religions. However, if government is to take action, they shouldn't do it under the radar during a lame duck session.

Despite the fact that Cardinale would not name the key chairman involved in the alleged deal, and despite NJ Democratic Chairman Joe Crayan's denials of a gay marriage deal, Corzine's history of pushing difficult issues through the legislature during a lame duck session makes the charge entirely believable.

Hopefully this will come up during the gubernatorial debate on Thrusday evening so that Corzine can clear it up.

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