Dear Governor Christie ~
Thank you for the statement you made on 770 WABC Radio denouncing Viki Knox’s homophobic statements on Facebook and, allegedly, in school. Thank you for supporting an “examination of how that teacher conducts herself in the classroom.”
Of her words you said, “I think that kind of example is not a positive one at all to be setting for folks who have such an important and influential position in our society. I’m really concerned about those kinds of statements being made.” I couldn’t agree more. I am concerned as well. You are the governor of our state and you hold an “important and influential position in our society” as well. This is why I’d like to point out that while your words are more subtle than Ms. Knox’s, your opposition to marriage equality sends the same message. It is a message that says we, New Jersey’s LGBT citizens, are different. It is a message that says that based solely on who we are, we will be barred from participating in society in the same way as our straight friends, parents, co-workers, brother and sisters. It is a message of inequality. It is a message sent out to our children and to those would would rant against us on Facebook. To me, the most disturbing aspect of Viki Knox’s Facebook tirade is that the law in our state, rather than rebuking her bigotry, confirms it.
Governor Christie, I urge you to reconsider your position on marriage equality. I urge you to consider the example you are setting.