Did Some of New Jersey’s Supreme Court Justices Refuse Gay Marriage Case Because They Fear Losing Their Jobs?
It’s sort of interesting that the New Jersey Supreme Court, whose justices don’t grant interviews, even has a spokeswoman, but she’s not commenting on why the Court declined to hear again Lewis vs. Harris, the 2006 same-sex marriage case where the justices mandated lawmakers to create equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians but didn’t require them to use specific language, leaving Jersey with civil unions but no M-word. The theory for avoiding the issue that’s being floated by Democratic State Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman John D. McKeon? The three non-permanent justices — Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Justices Roberto Rivera-Soto and Helen Hoens — are afraid of crossing Gov. Chris Christie (pictured), who can replace them. Justices Virginia Long, Jaynee LaVecchia, and Barry Albin, who are not facing re-appointment from the governor, all agreed to re-hear the case. Huh! Is this worse than lawmakers who refuse to move on LGBT rights because they fear it’ll end their careers? Kind of! Gov. Christie, who does grant interviews, is not commenting.