Today on Morning Joe, Chris Christie threw some jabs at President Obama’s relative silence on marriage equality, saying that they hold the same position—okay with civil unions, not so much gay marriage—but that Obama is just a silent coward about it.
“I’m in the exact same position as the president,” said Christie. “The Democrats in my state are criticizing me, saying my feet are firmly planted on the wrong side of justice. Yeah, my feet are firmly planted right next to President Obama’s.”
“The President is silent on this like he’s silent on every issue that’s difficult for him… Let’s have the President of the United States show some courage, come on this program, look into the camera like I’m looking into the camera, and state his position. He won’t because he wants to have it both ways. I’m not looking to have it both ways, I vetoed the bill. That’s my position.
“What I’ve offered to the supporters of same-sex marriage is if one of your reasons for why I should have voted signed it was because you’re telling me the majority of the people of New Jersey want it, then prove it. Put it on the ballot and prove it. At least I’m standing up for what I believe in. The President has hidden on this issue… This is the type of cowardice that we don’t want.”
The only thing is: the President has never been forced to make a decision on gay marriage, so, yes, while he’s not championing the cause, no, it doesn’t mean he’s cowardly. It just means it hasn’t come up.
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