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Chris Christie drops appeal of NJ state court ruling authorizing gay marriage
Hotair ^ | 10/21/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 10/21/2013 8:48:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

I’m a little surprised, even though he’s undoubtedly correct that the appeal was doomed. The New Jersey Supreme Court all but legalized gay marriage in its provisional ruling on Friday; a final ruling next year upholding that judgment was a fait accompli.

But as we spent the last three weeks discovering, the fact that a fight is obviously unwinnable and possibly self-defeating from the start is no excuse not to undertake it.

Gov. Chris Christie announced today that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his his appeal of a major case that was being heard by the state Supreme Court…

Colin Reed, a spokesman for Christie, said that Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, writing for the court in a 7-0 opinion last Friday, “left no ambiguity about the unanimous court’s view on the ultimate decision in this matter when he wrote, ‘same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today.’”…

“Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” Reed said. “The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

Here’s the NJSC’s provisional order from Friday, tucked away at the end of BuzzFeed’s post. Because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Windsor case this past summer that the U.S. government must extend federal benefits to gay couples if they’re lawfully married in their home state, New Jersey’s refusal to grant marital status (as opposed to civil-union status) to gays now effectively denies them access to federal benefits to which they would otherwise be entitled. The state ruling follows from the SCOTUS equal-protection ruling, which is why lots of people thought that the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor would lead to more court-imposed gay marriage in blue states sooner rather than later. Read the order and you’ll see that, despite its willingness to hold hearings and issue a final ruling next year, the New Jersey Supreme Court had assuredly made up its mind. If there were any silver-bullet arguments against SSM left in the state’s arsenal, they would have been fired already.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: chrischristie; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; lawsuit; nj; nj2013; ruling

1 posted on 10/21/2013 8:48:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Crispy Cream working for the Evil One, again !

2 posted on 10/21/2013 8:49:50 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” Reed said. “The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

Ummm, how exactly do you enforce 'the law', that was 'written' by a judicial oligarchy instead of the 'Will of the People' Constitutionally passed?

IMHO, Crispy is trying to side-step the issue and allow the usurpation of powers
3 posted on 10/21/2013 8:54:31 AM PDT by i_robot73 (Give me one example and I will show where gov't is the root of the problem(s).)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” Reed said. “The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

So Christie represents the judges rather than the people of his state. The voters of New Jersey have no representation.

4 posted on 10/21/2013 8:55:30 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney II


5 posted on 10/21/2013 8:57:37 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jerk.


6 posted on 10/21/2013 8:57:38 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: fwdude
Welcome New Jersey to Sodom and Gomorrah. Welcome to more broken families. Welcome to sodomized children. Welcome to homosexual murders.

Brave New world, huh, New Jersey?

7 posted on 10/21/2013 9:08:50 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: SeekAndFind

Out here in ca it’s like WHO CARES Bout the stupid gay activists and their dead end agenda. Like nature says you can’t make babies that way so you’re simply regulating your genes to the trash bin.
Also as far as gay males go I think the more they can get away from having 10000 partners to having one is a good thing at least for their own health and longevity The gals are simply looking for companionship mostly. IMO.
Anyhow why is this crap a political issue at all is my question
( need that pic of that 50s guy with his palm on his forehead- not thus sh** again !)


8 posted on 10/21/2013 9:16:42 AM PDT by Truthoverpower (The guvmint you get is the guvmint you deserve)
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To: SeekAndFind
... ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

Spineless coward bows to a dictatorship, even though he is the elected chief executive. The Assclown occupying the White House REFUSED TO ENFORCED federal law over marriage AND immigration.....why won't Christie do the same?

9 posted on 10/21/2013 9:21:19 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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Look what’s coming next-

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3081506/posts


10 posted on 10/21/2013 9:24:50 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

Another rino with no princples.


11 posted on 10/21/2013 9:24:52 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

Is Crispy planning to run against Hillery in the primaries? Is that why he is trying to establish his gay Cred’s?


12 posted on 10/21/2013 9:54:38 AM PDT by CapnJack
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh how convenient!


13 posted on 10/21/2013 10:06:55 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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Here's why we can't ever win:

NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

Democrat - Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, term expires June 29, 2014 (appt. by Jon Corzine, Democrat)
Independent - Jaynee LaVecchia, term expires October 9, 2024 (appt. by Christine Todd Whitman, Republican)
Democrat - Barry T. Albin, term expires July 7, 2022 (appt. by Jim McGreevey, Democrat)
Republican - Helen E. Hoens, term expires October 26, 2013 (appt. by Jon Corzine, Democrat)
Republican - Anne M. Patterson, term expires September 1, 2018 (appt. by Chris Christie, Republican)
Vacancy (since May 20, 2010 when the seven-year term of Justice John E. Wallace, Jr. expired) (Democrat Mary Catherine Cuff temporarily assigned)
Vacancy (since March 1, 2012 when Justice Virginia Long retired at age 70) (Republican Ariel A. Rodriguez temporarily assigned)

That's 3 Dem, 3 Rep and 1 Ind appointed by a Rep Gov. Although the court was different when it ruled on gay marriage in 2006, you would think appeals now would have a better chance to overrule it.

You have just 3 Democrats out of 7. One of those Democrats, the Chief Justice who ruled in the case, can be gone by next July. Another is a temporary appointment by the Chief Justice because the New Jersey Senate has refused to consider anyone Christie appoints.

A "Republican" who was appointed by Dem Corzine could be gone next week. Of course, RINO Whitman appointed an "Independent".

Next July, you could have 5 Republicans and an Independent all appointed by Republicans with just 1 Dem. You could have a Republican majority even if the Senate confirms no replacements.

So what does Christie do?

He folds.
14 posted on 10/21/2013 11:34:35 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO!)
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