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Christie sees future, Santorum wears George Wallace drag

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This columnist has been preaching for over a year now, but particularly during this primary season, that America is changing — in favor of LGBT rights and equality. That change was never so true as in Monday’s announcement from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Chris Christie

Here’s how AP reported it.

“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie moved to diversify the state’s all-white Supreme Court on Monday by proposing two firsts: the nominations of an openly gay black man [Bruce Harris] and a Korean-born law enforcer to fill two vacancies.

“‘I am proud to be standing here today to announce two historic nominations to the New Jersey State Supreme Court,’ Christie said, expressing ‘extreme confidence in their records and respect for their intellect.’”

At the governor’s news conference, Harris thanked the governor, then said, “I also want to thank my partner Mark for his nearly 32 years of love and support.”

Christie is not considered a moderate. He’s a national rising star of right-wing Republicans but he’s smart and ahead of his fellow party members in understanding that LGBT issues no longer matter to the general population — including Republicans.

In other words, you can’t scare the public with the gay issue anymore since they no longer are afraid to have us as neighbors. In fact, most Americans want us as their neighbors and pollsters have discovered that 47 percent of strong conservative Republicans would vote for an LGBT person running for office.

With a generation that has grown up with openly gay friends about to enter the voting system, the handwriting is on the wall.

Now Christie is not for full equality. He’s doing exactly what this column predicted just a few weeks ago: drawing a line in the sand on
equality. Domestic partners and civil unions are all OK — but marriage is for one man and one woman only.

All one has to do is watch the Republican primaries and see this working itself into the Republican fabric. As I stated before, enjoy this Republican race and watch Rick Santorum.

In this race, Santorum is like George Wallace,
the last proud racist to run for president. For Santorum, he’ll be the last proud homophobe to run for president.

And like Wallace, he’ll become an outcast in his own party. Wallace eventually apologized, but Santorum is too arrogant to apologize for the hate he has spun.

Back to the Garden State. Here’s the fun part: If Christie vetoes New Jersey’s marriage-equality bill, it’s likely that a pending marriage-equality case will make it’s way to the New Jersey Supreme Court, where Christie’s appointee will cast a vote on equality.

We are living in exciting and historic times.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. i’ll vote for a LGBT person…as long as they’re not liberal

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 1:16pm
  2. I believe this is a good start. I do believe it’s only a matter of time before equal rights are granted across the board. The LGBT community and it’s supporters are growing in numbers and we will not give up.

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 1:19pm
  3. That is fuck up!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 3:22pm
  4. I’ll vote for the candidate that most reflects my views as an American citizen. So…a gay liberal is an A+ :)

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12:18am