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A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
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Hillary Clinton leads Christie and other GOP hopefuls in Iowa

Hillary Clinton rides high, Chris Christie plummets in poll

If Christie's Out, Is The GOP In Trouble In 2016?

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Christie administration held Sandy funds hostage, mayor says
MSNBC: Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor, emails and personal notes.
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Photo: Gov. Chris Christie waves to spectators on the beach after officially opening the newly rebuilt boardwalk in Belmar, N.J., in May 2013. (Courtesy Office of the Governor/Tim Larsen via NBCNews.com)

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Christie administration held Sandy funds hostage, mayor says

MSNBC: Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor, emails and personal notes.

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Photo: Gov. Chris Christie waves to spectators on the beach after officially opening the newly rebuilt boardwalk in Belmar, N.J., in May 2013. (Courtesy Office of the Governor/Tim Larsen via NBCNews.com)

Chris Christie vetoes bill simplifying gender marker-change process for trans* people

gaywrites:

America’s current least favorite governor, New Jersey’s Chris Christie, has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender people to change their gender markers without surgery.

Since 1984, New Jersey law has required that trans* folks have gender confirmation surgery in order to change the gender marker listed on their birth certificate. This bill would have relaxed those standards, allowing anyone who has undergone “clinically appropriate treatment” to receive a gender marker change, since not every trans* person has access to or the desire for surgery. 

But nope. Christie said that would create opportunities for ”fraud, deception and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.” From ThinkProgress

Garden State Equality’s Troy Stevenson condemned the veto as a “vindictive move to punish the LGBT community,” highlighting that the bill would “have zero effect on anyone else.” Indeed, Christie’s vague allusions to fraud ironically mirror the kind of suspicion — and resulting invasive searches— that transgender people can experience when their identification does not reflect their appearance.

Unless the legislature manages to find the votes to overturn this veto, sterilizing and expensive surgery will still be required in New Jersey for transgender people to achieve full recognition.

I hate you so much, Chris Christie. So much. 

Top Christie Staff Sought Lane Closings as Revenge

A series of newly obtained emails and text messages shows that Gov. Chris Christie’s office was closely involved with lane closings on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge in September, and that officials closed the lanes as retribution against the Democratic mayor whose town was gridlocked as a result.

Christie to GOP: 'If being me isn't good enough, then fine, I will go home'

Exit Poll: Nearly Half Of Gay Marriage Supporters Went For Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) opposes same-sex marriage, but many supporters of gay nuptials didn’t hold that against him in the state’s gubernatorial race.

According to exit poll data, 60 percent of New Jersey voters said they support same-sex marriage compared with 36 percent who said they are opposed.

Forty-nine percent of those supporters said they voted for Christie, the same percentage who backed Democrat Barbara Buono, who supports gay marriage and repeatedly hammered the Republican incumbent for his stance on the issue.

freedomtomarry:

BREAKING in New Jersey: Gov. Christie has withdrawn his appeal of the marriage ruling, and the freedom to marry is now permanently the law of the land! Click “like” and share this image to celebrate! http://bit.ly/1azxOpQ

freedomtomarry:

BREAKING in New Jersey: Gov. Christie has withdrawn his appeal of the marriage ruling, and the freedom to marry is now permanently the law of the land! Click “like” and share this image to celebrate! http://bit.ly/1azxOpQ

New Jersey Supreme Court To Hear Marriage Case In January 2014

Fighting Court Ruling, Chris Christie Says Marriage Should Be On The Ballot

glaad:


Big news! Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court in New Jersey ruled that starting October 21, same-sex couples in the state can legally marry. Gov. Christie’s administration has not yet commented on whether they will appeal the decision. http://www.glaad.org/blog/new-jersey-poised-welcome-marriage-equality

glaad:

Big news! Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court in New Jersey ruled that starting October 21, same-sex couples in the state can legally marry. Gov. Christie’s administration has not yet commented on whether they will appeal the decision. http://www.glaad.org/blog/new-jersey-poised-welcome-marriage-equality

Possibility Of Overriding Chris Christie’s Same-Sex Marriage Veto Gaining Ground

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New Jersey to ban gay conversion therapy
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign a bill today banning licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight. New Jersey will join California as the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy.AP reports that, in a signing note accompanying the bill, Christie says he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin.
Photo: Mel Evans / AP

breakingnews:

New Jersey to ban gay conversion therapy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign a bill today banning licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight. New Jersey will join California as the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy.

AP reports that, in a signing note accompanying the bill, Christie says he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin.

Photo: Mel Evans / AP

Is New Jersey Next for a Marriage Referendum?

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the marriage equality bill passed by the legislature earlier this year, he said the issue should be put to voters in a referendum.

"The fact of the matter is, I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South," he said at the time.

Lawmakers and advocates expressed offense at the idea of putting civil rights to a popular vote, and the recent success of marriage equality referendums in Maine, Maryland and Washington has not changed their minds.

"I still don’t believe we should put civil rights onto a referendum," Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a sponsor of the marriage equality legislation, told the Star-Ledger.

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