The gay-oriented Log Cabin Republicans organization in Washington has thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for dropping the state's marriage-equality appeal.
Says Log Cabin Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo:
In the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, civil unions can in no way be considered equivalent to civil marriage for committed same-sex couples. Governor Christie apparently knew he was fighting a losing battle in continuing to fight against marriage equality in the Garden State, and rather than engage in legal gymnastics, decided to plant himself on the right side of history. Log Cabin Republicans thanks Governor Christie for doing the right thing.
The Family Research Council is not so happy today, saying the decision gives conservatives "serious pause about Gov. Christie's reliability."
From FRC Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg:
"Family Research Council is disappointed by Gov. Christie's decision to withdraw the state's appeal of a lower court order redefining marriage. The fact that the Supreme Court refused to stay the lower court's order is no reason not to litigate this important issue to a final conclusion on the merits.
"We are glad that Gov. Christie vetoed the legislature's attempt to redefine marriage, and that he was initially willing to defend the state's marriage law in court. However, conservatives are looking for leaders who will sustain their commitment to unchanging principles. Combined with his signing of a radical bill to outlaw even voluntary sexual orientation change efforts with minors, today's action has given conservatives serious pause about Gov. Christie's reliability," concluded Sprigg.