N.J. Gov. Christie Won’t Say Whether He Supports Adoption for Same-Sex Couples

June 21, 2011 - 2:58 PM

Chris Christie

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie takes a question about a train tunnel connecting New Jersey and Manhattan at a news conference in Trenton on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. Christie announced plan to scrap the way-over-budget project. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(CNSNews.com) - Does New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie support adoption for same-sex couples? His office will not say.

In an interview last week on CNN, the Republican governor told host Piers Morgan that he supported civil unions for same-sex couples, but defended marriage as an institution between one man and one woman.

“I believe marriage is an institution between one man and one woman,” Christie said. “I think it’s special and unique in society, and I think we can have civil unions that can help to give the same type of legal rights to same sex couples that marriage gives them, but I just think that marriage is a special connotation and I couldn’t see myself changing my mind on that.”

He added: “But I am in favor of making sure that homosexual couples have the same type of legal rights that heterosexual couples have.”

Left unasked and unanswered was the question: Does Christie support adoption by homosexual couples?

CNSNews.com contacted Christie’s office multiple times over the last several days to inquire whether he supports adoption for same-sex couples, but received no response.

Current law in New Jersey allows same sex couples to adopt.

CNN's Morgan also asked Christie if he believed homosexuality was a sin. Christie, a Catholic, responded that he believed individuals were born with the predisposition to be homosexual, a view, he said, that differs from the Catholic Church.

“Well my religion says it’s a sin, but for me I’ve always believed that people are born with the predisposition to be homosexual. And so I think if someone is born that way, it’s very difficult to say then that that’s a sin. I understand that my church says that, but for me personally, I don’t look upon someone who’s homosexual as a sinner,” Christie said.

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Transcript of the exchange between CNN host Piers Morgan and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.):

PIERS MORGAN: Is homosexuality a sin?

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R-N.J.): Well my religion says it’s a sin, but for me I’ve always believed that people are born with the predisposition to be homosexual. And so I think if someone is born that way, it’s very difficult to say then that that’s a sin. I understand that my church says that, but for me personally, I don’t look upon someone who’s homosexual as a sinner.

MORGAN: You support civil unions –

CHRISTIE: I do.

MORGAN: But you don’t support gay marriage. Can you see a situation where you would change your mind about that?

CHRISTIE: I don’t think so. I believe marriage is an institution between one man and one woman. I think it’s special and unique in society, and I think we can have civil unions that can help to give the same type of legal rights to same-sex couples that marriage gives them, but I just think that marriage is a special connotation and I couldn’t see myself changing my mind on that. But I am in favor of making sure that homosexual couples have the same type of legal rights that heterosexual couples have.