[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] conditionally vetoed [statement, PDF] a bill legalizing same-sex marriage [Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act, PDF] and called for a voter referendum to decide the issue, rather than the state legislature [official website]. In his veto statement, Christie defended the legal importance of a voter referendum: The framers of our State Constitution created the referendum process in Article IX as the sole mechanism by which the Constitution can be amended to consider...

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