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Republican governors’ rhetoric softening on same-sex marriage

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
From left: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), and Gov.Terry Branstad (R-Iowa).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be...

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Christie denounces comment by Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

| Friday, June 13, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a visit to San Francisco on Friday, June 13,  2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denouncing comments by fellow Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in which people can choose to change their behavior. Perry said earlier this week that people may feel “compelled to follow a particular lifestyle” but have the ability to decide not to do that.

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Christie vetoes bill allowing new birth certificates for transgender people without surgery

| Monday, January 13, 2014
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TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender citizens to obtain a new birth certificate to reflect their gender identity without surgical requirements.

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N.J. lawmakers end legislative push for same-sex marriage law

| Monday, December 16, 2013
Rich Schultz, APBeth Asaro and Joanne Schailey exchange vows as Mayor David DelVecchio officiates in the first same-sex marriage in Lambertville, N.J. history at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Lambertville, N.J. Asaro and Schailey hold the distinction of being the first couple to enter into a civil union in the state, when that law took effect in 2007
With same-sex marriage already legal in New Jersey, state lawmakers have stopped their push to codify the details through a bill, saying it is not urgent to address whether religious-affiliated organizations should be exempt.

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Christie defeats Buono, re-elected governor of New Jersey

| Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected with ease Tuesday, demonstrating the kind of broad, bipartisan appeal that will serve as his opening argument should he seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

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What’s ahead for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie if re-elected?

| Sunday, November 3, 2013
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HARRISON, N.J. -- A second term all but assured, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is casting himself as an inclusive Republican who transcends political lines and a pragmatic leader whose results-oriented approach offers valuable lessons for dysfunctional party leaders in Washington.

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In Va. and N.J., a contrasting tale of two Republican parties

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), left, and Ken Cuccinelli on Va.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- This fall's races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey offer a revealing window into the fight for the future of the Republican Party.

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BREAKING: N.J. governor Chris Christie drops gay marriage appeal

| Monday, October 21, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie dropped his legal challenge to same-sex marriages on Monday, removing the possibility that the vows of couples who began getting married hours earlier could be undone by a court.

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Finally, the day for those who have been married in their hearts a very long time

| Sunday, October 20, 2013
Dan and Mike's wedding.
Weddings come in a lot of flavors. Many are planned, sometimes long before a potential mate is even in the picture. Some come about at the last minute. Some of the opposite sex variety come about because improper birth control was used and the couple “has to.” Then there are some special ones that occur when marriage equality is finally attained: the weddings of people who have been married in their hearts for a very long time, but only now can be legally and socially recognized. These kind of weddings will take place in New Jersey this week. Long term couples becoming legally, publicly married and acknowledged. It is about time.

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Christie: N.J. will comply with court order allowing same-sex marriages to begin

| Friday, October 18, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with it, but he will comply with a state Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriage legal in the state starting Monday.

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