A Georgia congressman who is widely regarded for his courage during the Civil Rights Movement is making a trip to New Jersey to discuss the right of gay couples to marry.
Rep. John Lewis will appear with Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and fellow Congressman Rush Holt at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Lewis was a Freedom Rider and student activist who was beaten for leading protests against racial discrimination. He will discuss a comment by Gov. Chris Christie insinuating that equal rights for minorities could have been gained through referendum rather than bloodshed.
Christie wants gay marriage put to a popular vote. The governor has vowed to veto the marriage bill making its way through the Legislature.
Democrats who control the Legislature say gay marriage is a civil right.