New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made good on his pledge to veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage passed by the state Legislature but at the same time said he might name an ombudsman to make sure the state’s current law recognizing civil unions is respected.
Christie said “same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples — as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits.
“Discrimination should not be tolerated and any complaint alleging a violation of a citizen’s right should be investigated and, if appropriate, remedied,” the Republican governor said.
As the same-sex marriage measure moved through the Legislature, Christie, a Catholic, said legalizing marriage for same-sex couples should be put on the November ballot for voters to decide the issue.
While the Catholic Church opposes legalizing marriage for same-sex couples, it teaches that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.”
In Maryland, the House of Delegates and Senate passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in that state. The governor, a Catholic, said he would sign the measure into law.