What do Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, California, New York and Maine have in common? They all allow same sex marriage. This is a pretty remarkable occurrence given that George W. Bush was elected because he vowed to pass a Constitutional amendment protecting the definition of traditional marriage. Sorry to say that Bush’s campaign promises have gone the way of most other campaign promises – the highway of unaccountability. It is even more remarkable when one considers that the citizens of these states in many instances voted against same sex marriage. However, their will was overturned by either the legislature or the courts.
Big Daddy to the rescue – maybe not!
Chris Christie holds a town hall meeting in Hillsborough, NJ, on March 2, 2011. Photo: Bob Jagendorf, CC BY 2.0 Generic License
New on the scene is New Jersey, whose Big Daddy governor Chris Christie, vetoed the Bill passed by the legislature allowing same sex marriage. Christie had promised to do so when he was campaigning. Unlike Bush, Christie held to this promise – or did he? True, he vetoed the Bill. However as a very astute politician, the Governor most assuredly knows that all the states that currently allow same sex marriage have achieved this through the courts and against the will of the people.
On January 23, 2012 Chris Christie appointed Bruce Harris, an openly gay mayor and same sex marriage activist to the NJ Supreme Court – wink, wink. While the Harris appointment hasn’t gone before the NJ Senate for approval, approval by the notoriously liberal NJ Senate is all but a formality. (Especially since Senate President Stephen Sweeney now boasts of his good working relationship with this governor.)
During his campaign, Christie promised to reform the courts. Those who voted for him (this reporter included), interpreted that to mean that he would appoint constructionists or originalists to the bench. It is hard to say what New Jersey’s Big Daddy Governor had in mind when he made that promise, since his latest Supreme Court appointments have been lawyers without a record of service to rely upon. Hopefully “reforming the courts” isn’t akin to “change you can believe in” which allowed voters to read what they wanted into that slogan.
The same sex marriage contradiction
Unless you don’t mind being scolded by Big Daddy, I wouldn’t suggest you question him about this appointment. Fair questions don’t seem to be endearing to the Governor. And his propensity to yell at those asking them has only endeared him to the public. Agreed – he’s a charismatic and charming kind of politician. On a personal basis, I love his NJ attitude. I think we need more of it. But don’t let that endearing twinkle in his eye fool you. He is a calculating politician who just happens to be smarter than the rest. He may also be one of the best governors NJ has had in quite some time. But don’t count on this Big Daddy coming to the rescue when it comes to same sex marriage. Appointing a same-sex advocate to the highest court in the State (knowing that the issue will be coming before the court) is certainly a questionable action for a Governor who claims he is as socially conservative as he is fiscally.
Will Bruce Harris recuse himself from this issue as he has promised? Perhaps. But if you believe that the NJ Supreme Court activists judges will not rule in favor of their comrade, I suggest you do a little research. These tyrants in black robes have a history of voting their ideology over the NJ or US Constitutions whenever given the chance. And unfortunately, same sex marriage will probably be just another chance to advance their liberal ideology.