gay rights*Two prominent African-American officials in New Jersey have harshly criticized Gov. Chris Christie for statements related to his proposal to put the issue of same-sex marriage to a popular vote in November, says

Christie, a Republican, said that the leaders of the civil rights movement would have happily placed the causes they championed to a public vote. Earlier in the week, the governor proposed that same-sex marriage be decided by the voters.

“Dear God, we should not be putting civil rights issues to a popular vote, to be subject to the sentiments, the passions of the day,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said. “No minority should have their rights subject to the passions and the sentiments of the majority. This is the fundamental bedrock of what our nation stands for.”

Booker said that under the proposal the governor offers, Jackie Robinson would not have been able to achieve the historic role as the first African-American player in major league baseball.

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