Gregoire Offers to Speak With Christie About Gay Marriage Amid Veto Pledge

Governor Christine Gregoire, who signed a bill yesterday legalizing gay marriage in Washington, offered to speak with New Jersey (STONJ1) Governor Chris Christie about the issue as he pledged to veto a similar measure.

Gregoire, a Democrat, wrote a letter to New Jersey’s Republican governor in January, explaining how she came to support same-sex marriage.

“I have been on a personal journey, because while I am governor, I am also Catholic,” Gregoire wrote in the Jan. 31 letter to Christie, a copy of which was provided by her office. “I’ve reached a point where I have found my place.”

Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Christie, said he couldn’t immediately confirm whether Christie got the letter.

Christie, speaking to reporters earlier today in Trenton, renewed his pledge to veto a gay-marriage bill, a day after it passed the Senate, 24-16. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a gay Democrat from Trenton who is sponsoring the bill in the lower house, said he expects it to be approved Feb. 16.

Christie called the voting “good theater,” and said he doesn’t anticipate proponents of the change could muster enough support to override his veto. Democrats control the Senate, 24-16, and the Assembly, 48-32, and would need a two-thirds majority, or 27 members in the Senate and 54 in the Assembly, to override vetoes.

“They won’t get enough votes to override it, they know that and I know that, and yesterday was a good bunch of theater, but that was all it was,” Christie said. “They know it’s not going to happen.”

Christie has said voters should decide the issue in a referendum and that he would abide by the results, even though he personally opposes the practice. Democrats have called gay marriage a civil right that shouldn’t be subjected to a popular vote.

“Sometimes the majority doesn’t always protect the minority,” Gregoire said about voter referendums in an interview today on CNN. “We were elected to make decisions.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Terrence Dopp in Trenton at tdopp@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.