Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey
- In early 2012, Christie vetoed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, stipulating that the issue “should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide.” His call for a statewide referndum was decried by activists who said civil rights should never be put up to a majority vote.
- Although the governor opposes same-sex marriage, he has stressed that same-sex couples in a civil union, which are legal in his state, “deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples.” Romney no longer supports civil unions, although he once floated the idea as an alternative when his state was ordered by the courts to permit same-sex marriage.
- Christie is widely praised for passing one the nation's most rigorous antibullying laws.
- When a teacher in his state made antigay comments on Facebook, he was quick to condemn her words as "disturbing" and called for an examination of her behavior in the classroom.