Since the last presidential election, I have become convinced that it will be impossible for future candidates to oppose gay marriage. As public opinion swings in favor of same-sex nuptials, there simply won’t be room for candidates who continue to support the traditional definition of marriage. If I am right, Governor Romney will be found to have been the last candidate to hold such a position.
Enter Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey who is widely believed to be a contender for the Republican nomination in 2016. In a gubernatorial debate yesterday, he weighed-in on the issue and reasserted his opposition to gay marriage. Politico reports:
Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that if one of his four children came out as gay, he would “grab them and hug them and tell them I love them.”
He would also tell them “that Dad believes that marriage is between one man and one woman,” he said…
“My children understand that there are going to be differences of opinion in our house and in houses all across this state and across this country,” Christie said. He said he would respect voters if they approved gay marriage, but said the decision does not belong to the courts or the legislature.
If Christie keeps this up, he may prove my prediction wrong. I guess we’ll see.