Gay rights activist Steven Goldstein has suggested that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's opposition to gay marriage would disadvantage a run for the White House.

The Republican governor has repeatedly ruled out a presidential run in 2012, but that hasn't ended a flurry of speculation.

And in an op-ed appearing Sunday in the Star-Ledger, Goldstein appears to suggest that Christie could help himself by signing a bill legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey.

Christie has previously cited his religious faith as a basis for his opposition to marriage equality, but he's not apposed to the state's civil unions law, which was approved by the Legislature to remedy a state Supreme Court ruling declaring the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

“Few people, not even Christie, believe the civil union law actually provides equality,” Goldstein writes. “Work with me, he says, to fix it.”

Goldstein notes that the Sunday start of a gay marriage law in neighboring New York is bittersweet for New Jersey couples.

“[S]ame-sex couples in New Jersey are still denied that freedom – and that juxtaposition hurts like hell.”

And he goes on to suggest that Christie is more likely to get to the White House if he ended that pain for gay and lesbian couples.

“If Chris Christie is thinking of running for president on a platform of a more traditional America, let him remember Kennedy's words,” he writes, referring to then-Senator John F. Kennedy who said while campaigning: “I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.”

“Freedom depends on it,” Goldstein adds, “and that includes the freedom to marry that New York begins today.”