Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) — who is scheduled to sign marriage equality legislation on Monday — has personally pledged to contact fellow Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and convince him to sign legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Christie has threatened to veto the bill currently under consideration in the state legislature.
During a radio interview with Wall Street Journal’s The Daily Wrap with Michael Castner, Gregoire said she has received an outpouring of support from people around the world since coming out for equal marriage rights, including a note from a 16-year-old girl who had contemplated suicide:
GREGOIRE: One that sticks in my mind is a 16-year-old who had finally disclosed to her parents that she was lesbian and they had accepted her and she still contemplated suicide. And then to have me come out, a person in a position like I’m in to say that she’s okay and that she’s to be respected for who she is, meant the world to her.
CASTNER: I never do this, but I’m going to ask you anyway because I have an opportunity and most people don’t get to talk to governors. Would you pick up the phone and call governor Christie and tell him what you just told our audience?
GREGOIRE: Yes, I would because I feel a good working relationship with Governor Christie. I respect him as a fellow governor, I have worked with him on a number of issues, so yea, I would feel very comfortable sharing with him, my personal journey the overwhelming response that I’ve received and how good I feel about myself today and I have not felt good about this issue and about where I stood for a number of years.