Chris Christie reiterates opposition to gay marriage

Mon. September 30, 2013 9:09 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Just two days after a New Jersey judge ruled that the state must allow gay couples to marry, Governor Chris Christie has reiterated his opposition.

Appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, Christie, who last year vetoed a marriage bill approved by lawmakers, told Tracy Smith that his position hasn't changed.

"I do not [believe in same-sex marriage]," Christie said. "But what I will tell you is that I understand that good people of good will have a difference of opinion on this. And so my view on it is, put it on the ballot. Let the people decide."

Christie announced through a spokesperson that he will appeal Friday's ruling but has not spoken directly on the lawsuit.

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In June, Christie, considered a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, criticized a Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which has led to the federal government recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

"I don't think the ruling was appropriate," Christie said. "I think it was wrong."

"It's just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for," he added.

In Sunday's interview, Christie said it would be "stupid" for him to decide now whether he'll run for president in 2016.

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