Christie "Not a Fan" of Same-Sex Marriage

By Tim Persinko
|  Sunday, Jun 26, 2011  |  Updated 1:55 PM EDT
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Christie "Not a Fan" of Same-Sex Marriage

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N.J. Governor Chris Christie told NBC's David Gregory that he would not have supported the same-sex marriage bill that was signed into law in New York this week.

"I am not a fan of same sex-marriage.  Its not something that I support.  I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman," Christie said.  He made his comments when asked about his positions on social issues on the show Meet the Press.

"That's my view," he continued, "and that will be the view of our state, because I wouldn't sign a bill like the one in New York."

Christie pointed out that the same-sex marriage issue had been debated by New Jersey legislature this year and has not garnered enough support to pass.  In 2006, the state voted in a law allowing civil unions, which were supposed to grant same-sex couples all of the state-level spousal privileges of heterosexual couples, except for calling the relationships "marriage."

Gay rights groups have sued the state, saying that New Jersey has failed to uphold the law's promise.

"In our state, we're going to pursue civil unions," Christie said.

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