Jon Corzine takes the pragmatic approach (from his perspective), that the right time to push for full marriage rights for gays and lesbians is after the presidential election, to keep the wind from the sails of the bleating right. (Gay City News):

In a one-hour session with gay journalists, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine made clear that he sees full marriage equality for same-sex couples as inevitable in the Garden State, but also believes that, from a strategic political perspective, achieving that milestone is best left to a time after the 2008 presidential election.

…”It won't be on my agenda” for next year, he emphasized that 2008 is not the year to have that debate, in New Jersey or elsewhere. “I don't think I'd like to see this debated in a presidential election year,” Corzine said. “It's an incitement to people who will make policies on a whole broad range of issues that will keep the status quo.”

Telling the group, ” I hope you know I'm on our side,” the governor talked about same-sex marriage equality in terms of it being a goal on which he, the journalists, and, in some cases, their readers are in agreement, even if the roadmap needed to be hashed out.

I think we can move very quickly here, but I think we ought to do it in a way, by the way, that doesn't cause setbacks everywhere else in the country,” Corzine said, “that doesn't make it a tool for people who I believe start unjust wars or try to take away children's health insurance or aren't committed to enforcing hate crimes laws and all kinds of other things.”

So Blenders, what do you think of the ally governor's view? Will the fight for equality in the Garden State have a negative impact, creating a billy club for the religious right to use in the presidential race — or has the public come far enough along to see through the insane bigotry fomented by that crowd? It definitely could stir up the right, and might hurt downticket races in states where Dem control of legislatures is in play, affecting grassroots efforts to move equality forward. It's all speculation, though — do you roll the dice for one state to find out? 

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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