Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, NJ, stated his strong opposition to Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal of a state referendum on gay marriage. Booker made a powerful case against the civil and legal rights of minorities being subject to a popular vote. Watch:
Booker: We should not be putting civil rights issues to a popular vote… No minority should have their rights subject to the passions and sentiments of the majority. This is a fundamental bedrock of what our nation stands for. …I read the 14th Amendment clearly. It talks about equal protection under the law. And that was never something that should go out to a popular vote, whether blacks, women or other minorities should [have] equal, first-class citizenship.