On marriage fight, Chris Christie throws in the towl


The lawless New Jersey Supreme Court last week refused Governor Christie’s request for a stay (or temporary stop) on their ruling which said that same-sex “marriages” had to become legal in the Garden State.

Today, Christie gave up. He withdrew his appeal. He said that the state’s high court “had left no ambiguity” as to its stance of marriage, so any appeal was pointless because it would fail.

While I don’t doubt it would have failed, I don’t understand why you don’t fight out. That’s like quitting a baseball game when you’re down in the 5th inning.

Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage said:

“There’s no question that the courts of New Jersey are responsible for the imposition of same-sex marriage in that state, and we sharply criticize them for redefining our most important social institution with no regard to the wishes of voters or even elected officials,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “The refusal of the New Jersey Supreme Court to order a stay of the same-sex ‘marriage’ ruling was wrong, and the latest example of an activist judiciary running amok, substituting their views for those of the people of the state. Still, we are extremely disappointed in Governor Chris Christie for withdrawing the state’s appeal of the underlying decision, effectively throwing in the towel on marriage. The mark of a leader is to walk a principled walk no matter the difficulty of the path. Chris Christie has failed the test, abandoning both voters and the core institution of society – marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”



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  • Russell C Lewis

    So, please explain how, just because the court didn’t rule the way you wanted they are “lawless.” Just what do you mean by “lawless?”
    Brian Brown’s comments were so, so predictable. Any judge or justice who doesn’t rule in a way consistent with what he believes is labeled an “activist.” His temper tantrum tirades are oh so predictable.

  • patrick

    I don’t think a football game is a fair analogy to questions of constitutional rights.

    As with Doma, the question is how much of our tax money should the chief executive use to defend a law that is on the books, but has been deemed unconstitutional?

    Obama said fighting Doma was wrong and a loser and a waste of taxpayer money, so Boehner picked up the fight and spent our tax dollars and our human resources and still lost.

  • tom in san jose

    This is no surprise. Despite campaign pledges, Christie has not made any serious efforts to reform the court; see:


    Dear Joshua ~

    Here are a few, hopefully non-polemical, comments:

    *Unlike a baseball game which is, in effect, already paid for Gov. Christie would have had to expend considerable financial resources to appeal.

    * While NOM, sometimes, cries “let the people vote” it’s by no means a slam dunk that NJ would vote down gay marriage. He is running for reelection and likely sees that most voters are on the other side or don’t care about the marriage issue. He can be criticized for not having the “courage of his convictions” but almost all politicians will make compromises. Those who don’t tend to lose.

    *I expect he’s also sensitive to the cleavage between the mainstream GOP and the Tea Party et. al. Avoiding this fight helps him position himself as a moderate (look for a 2016 contest between him and Huntsman as “savior of the party from the radicals”)

    * Finally, don’t discount the possibility that at some level he’s following the Pope’s suggestion to deemphasize this issue.

    Anyway that’s how I see it.

    Pax tecum, Greg

  • eric

    “While I don’t doubt it would have failed.” I’m not sure that fighting a battle you know you are going to lose makes a lot of sense. Can you explain what you mean? Wouldn’t it be better to put one’s energy somewhere else once the battle is lost?

  • Sheesh

    “Lawless” NJ Supreme Court? Huh?

    Also, “while I don’t doubt it would have failed…” How about not wasting taxpayer money over a culture war issue that hurts literally no one? Bravo, Christie. No wonder he threw in the “towl.”

    • Rachel

      Sheesh–It is not true that this culture war issue “hurts no one.” There are many stories of people who have lost their businesses because they will not take part in same sex ‘weddings’ (i.e. providing wedding cakes, photography services, venues, etc.). These people may have different views than you on this issue, and they are standing for what they believe. Doing so is costing them their livelihoods. You might agree that losing their businesses hurts them?

      • eric

        Do you have examples of people losing their businesses?

      • Jack Smythe

        Those who have fell upon hardships with their business'[ was due only to their failure to follow state anti discrimination laws.



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