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US Attorney General Eric Holder stated on ABC's This Week (on Sunday) that the DOJ would file a brief in support of marriage equality with the SCOTUS when/if a marriage equality case is heard. He also stated that state bans (on same-sex marriage) should be subject to a heightened scrutiny review and that they would likely not survive such a review.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says that the GOP should continue to fight marriage equality even though New Jersey has marriage equality. He believes that the issue is not settled. I (personally) don't really see any benefit for the GOP in fighting marriage equality. I think they will lose more votes than they gain. So be it.

From On Top Magazine:

Despite conceding that the gay marriage debate in New Jersey is resolved, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Saturday that the GOP should not throw in the towel.

According to POLITICO, Christie made the comments at a gathering of the National Governors Association in Nashville.

“I don't think there's some referee who stands up and says, 'OK, now it's time for you to change your opinion.' The country will resolve this over a period of time. But do I think it's resolved? No,” said Christie, who is often mentioned as a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate.

In 2012, Christie vetoed a bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in New Jersey. During his re-election campaign, he reiterated his belief that the issue of whether to legalize gay nuptials should be decided “by the people, by referendum,” not politicians or judges.

But after the state's marriage ban was found to be unconstitutional, Christie decided against pursuing an appeal, angering conservatives.

“When I know that I've been defeated, you don't bang your head against the wall anymore and spend taxpayer money to do it,” he said Saturday.

11:32 AM PT: Utah state officials are expected to file for cert. in that ME case. If so, the first day that the cert petition could be heard  (per Equality On Trial) would be  Sept. 29.

Originally posted to Kossacks for Marriage Equality on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by Christie Watch, LGBT Kos Community, and LGBT Rights are Human Rights.

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