Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Arnold to veto same-sex marriage

The San Diego paper says:
SACRAMENTO ? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday he will veto a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage through legislative action. ...

"Clearly he's pandering to an extreme right wing, which was not how he got elected," said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, one of the bill's sponsors. "He got elected with record numbers of lesbian and gay voters who had not previously voted for a Republican, and he sold us out."
No, he is not pandering. Signing the bill would have been political suicide. He has bet his political career on taking some issues directly to people, because the California legislative process is broken. The California voters just passed an initiative against same-sex marriage initiative just 5 years ago, and the current bill is unconstitutionally in conflict with it. If the governor were to so blatantly thwart the will of the people and the California constitution now, then he'd look pretty silly trying to sell his initiatives in November.

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