Chris Christie says that if any of his four children tell him that they’re gay, he would still tell them that he doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage. The Roman Catholic New Jersey governor, under increasing fire for his staunch anti-gay position, made the comments at the debate last night with his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono. A supporter of same-sex marriage, Buono has a daughter who is a lesbian.
Christie said he would “grab them and hug them and tell them I love them,” but they would know that “Dad believes that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Politico reports:
“My children understand that there are going to be differences of opinion in our house and in houses all across this state and across this country,” Christie said. He said he would respect voters if they approved gay marriage, but said the decision does not belong to the courts or the legislature.
A New Jersey Superior Court has ruled that the state must allow same-sex marriages to begin next week, but Christie appealed that ruling to the state Supreme Court, which will decide this week if they will “stay,” or hold that decision. The state Supreme Court will also hear the case for marriage equality in January.
Also in January is the deadline for the New Jersey legislature to override Christie’s 2012 veto of their bill allowing same-sex marriage in the Garden State.
Image via Chris Christie on Facebook
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