Chris Christie: Striking Down DOMA Was A ‘Bad Decision’

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June 27, 2013 2:12 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) criticized the Supreme Court on Wednesday for striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), calling the ruling on the 1996 law that barred same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits a “bad decision.”

“It’s just another example of judicial supremacy rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for,” Christie said on his monthly radio show, as quoted by The Star-Ledger. “I thought it was a bad decision.” 

The Republican said the majority opinion in the case — written by Justice Anthony Kennedy — was an affront to the lawmakers, and former President Bill Clinton, who helped make DOMA the law of the land nearly two decades ago. 

“I thought that Justice (Anthony) Kennedy’s opinion in many respects was incredibly insulting to those people, 340-some members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and Bill Clinton,” Christie said. “They basically said the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people.”

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