Republicans hate big government. That is unless it involves same-sex marriage and abortion. Thus, it is not surprising that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, attacked the US Supreme Court for ruling most of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
Christie, who has always billed himself as loving small government, said about the ruling that “I don’t think the ruling was appropriate. I think it was wrong. . .[Kennedy] basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ‘90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for.”
Christie undoubtably loves the ruling on the Voting Rights Act, but then again, he is inconsistent in his beliefs, apparently. Christie has made it clear in the past that he opposes same-sex marriage personally, and has pushed to have the matter put to the vote in New Jersey in order to try and allow it to not pass.
Of course, he said that back when it was thought that same-sex marriage would always lose at the ballot box.
Last night, Stephen Colbert talked to Emily Bazelon about the ruling. What she pointed out is that Justice Anthony Kennedy is actually the consistent one here. The issues at hand were both about state’s rights, and that is something that Kennedy is very big on.
Christie might learn from Kennedy about consistency. If he truly believes in small government, then he should be for small government even if he disagrees with the rationale behind something like this particular ruling. Otherwise, he just comes off as an opportunistic homophobe.