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Washington Gay Marriage: Chris Gregoire Appealed To Chris Christie

02/16/2012 04:55 pm ET

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) reached out to Chris Christie last month on the issue of same-sex marriage, offering to discuss the issue with the New Jersey governor.

On Jan. 31, Gregoire wrote to Christie, a Republican, about how she came to terms with the issue, "because while I am a Governor, I am also a Catholic."

According to Gregoire's spokeswoman, Karina Shagren, Christie has yet to respond.

Both Washington and New Jersey had landmark weeks for marriage equality. On Monday, Washington became the seventh state to legalize same-sex nuptials when Gregoire signed the state's marriage bill into law. On the same day, New Jersey's state senate passed a similar bill. The state assembly then passed the bill on Thursday.

Christie, also a Catholic, opposes the bill and has said he will veto the legislation when it reaches his desk.

The bill has become a major issue for the New Jersey governor in recent weeks. Christie, who favors a ballot referendum on gay marriage rather than statehouse action, came under fire in January for comparing the possible referendum to the civil rights movement. "The fact of the matter is, I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South," he said.

Christie later clarified and apologized for his comments.

Shagren, the Gregoire spokeswoman, also clarified that the Washington governor had reached out as a friend. "By no means is there some contentious feeling between the two," she said.

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