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Christie Says He'd Veto Same-Sex Marriage Bill A Second Time

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that he would veto a same-sex marriage bill again.

Appearing on TownSquare Media's "Ask the Governor," Christie said Wednesday he remains opposed to gay marriage but is willing to put the question to voters.

Christie vetoed a gay marriage that was passed by state lawmakers last year, likewise saying the matter should be put to referendum.

State Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democrat running against Christie, asked for an override vote to be scheduled Thursday, but Senate President Steve Sweeney said that won't happen.

This past Monday, Buono's openly lesbian daughter blasted Christie for his position. Tessa Bitterman sent an e-mail to her mother's supporters Monday, saying she has a stake in the election because she is a gay American.

"As governor, he has been a giant roadblock to New Jersey achieving equality for all," she wrote.

New Jersey is among a handful of states that offers civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.

Christie's remarks came the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court struck down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.

A group of same-sex couples and their children will file a motion next week asking a judge to force the state to recognize same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court ruling.

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