TRENTON – The Christie Administration today decided to withdraw its appeal of a lower court’s decision to authorize same-sex marriages in New Jersey, citing the New Jersey Supreme Court’s biased decision not to stay the ruling until the case could be heard in full.
The Governor “strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people,” but conceded that “the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law. The Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”
NJFPC Founder and President Len Deo said, “The force of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s lust for power has never been more evident than it is today. An executive like Governor Christie is not easily outmaneuvered, nor are the people of the United States and the State of New Jersey easily stripped of their say in important political and cultural matters. But the New Jersey Supreme Court has done both, stacking the deck against the people of New Jersey and intentionally making it impossible for Governor Christie’s defense of natural marriage even to get a fair hearing. We are disappointed that Governor Christie dropped the appeal, surrendering the moral authority of the executive branch. But we especially condemn the New Jersey Supreme Court’s efforts to reshape this state after their own ideology, leaving the natural family without an advocate and religious liberty twisting in the wind.
“The nature of marriage transcends the decrees of man. A judge can order the law to include squares in the definition of circles, but no judge can change the mathematical realities that geometry is founded on. Likewise, the court can invent new configurations that it calls ‘marriages,’ but it can never change the way a child is conceived or conjure social stability out of a biological falsehood and conjugal mismatch.”
“Ahead of us is a constitutional crisis. The court has allowed a single judge to decide for the entire state what marriage is, treading on both the governor and the legislature in doing so. It has included no provision for religious exemptions, meaning we will soon see people threatened with intolerable choices between their consciences and their authorization to minister to the needy or conduct business with the public, as has happened elsewhere in this nation from Vermont to New Mexico.
“We are here for religious liberty, for marriage, and for the people. And we are not going away.”