New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie , is being criticized by Black leaders for comparing the Civil Rights movement to gay marriage in a recent statement where he said he would veto a gay marriage bill and called for a referendum.
Christie said, “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.”
The Huffington Post reports:
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), who supports gay marriage, criticized the comment. “I shudder to think what would have happened if the civil rights gains, heroically established by courageous lawmakers in the 1960s, were instead conveniently left up to popular votes in our 50 states,” he said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) said the governor needed a “history lesson.”