Chris Christie Tells Interviewers This Summer He Won't Change His Mind on Marriage


In June of 2011, Governor Chris Christie in two separate interviews reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage.

On Meet the Press with David Gregory, when asked about same-sex marriage, Christie said (emphasis ours):

“In New Jersey, we have a civil union law, and we had a very vigorous debate in late 2009, early 2010 before I became governor about same-sex marriage and it failed in the state legislature under Democratic legislature under Democrat governor Jon Corzine, and so my view on it is, in our state, we’re going to continue to pursue civil unions. I am not a fan of same-sex marriage. It’s not something I support. I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That’s my view and that will be the view of our state because I wouldn’t sign a bill like the one that was in New York."

In an interview with Piers Morgan, when asked about changing his mind on gay marriage, Christie said (emphasis ours):

I don’t think so. I believe marriage is an institution between one man and one woman. I think it’s special and unique in society. And I think we can have civil unions that can help to give the same type of legal rights to same-sex couples that marriage gives them but I just think marriage is a special connotation. I couldn’t see myself changing my mind on that but I am in favor of making sure that homosexual couples have the same type of legal rights that heterosexual couples have.”