07/14/2014 03:45 pm ET Updated Jul 15, 2014

Chris Christie Thinks Republicans Shouldn't Stop Fighting Against Gay Marriage

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he doesn't think Republicans should give up the fight over gay marriage.

“I don’t think that there’s going to be some major referee who’s going to say now it’s time to stop,” Christie told reporters at the National Governors Association in Nashville on Saturday. “Certainly I’m not going to, because these are opinions that I feel strongly about.”

Christie -- who said the debate over gay marriage "is a settled issue" in his state -- said the issue of gay marriage would be resolved "over a period of time."

“But do I think it’s resolved now? No," Christie said.

Christie, who does not support same-sex marriage, chose not to mount a fight against a court decision that allowed gay marriages in New Jersey in 2013.

The AP reports some GOP governors are aiming to strike a balance on the issue of same-sex marriage. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said it was his obligation as governor to appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages,

"I don't think the Republican Party is fighting it," Walker told the AP.

The Republican Party's current official platform calls for a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as "the union of one man and one woman," while formally supporting Republican-led campaigns to make the same change in state constitutions, the AP reports.



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