2005-09-07

Arnold to Veto Gay Marriage

And I have to say I'm not disappointed. If gay activists are perceived as trying to circumvent the will of the people (kinda like, say, what Karen Minnis did), it won't be good for anybody. Let's concentrate on improving public awareness. Civil unions to protect our basic rights are important - and nobody should be able to object to a legal agreement between competent, consenting parties. The "M" word is another story; it will come when the people are ready for it. They're not. It means we have more work to do.

Here's the story:
Schwarzenegger to Veto Gay Marriage Bill
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday that he will veto a bill that would allow gay marriages in California.

Schwarzenegger said the legislation, given final approval Tuesday by lawmakers, would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved a ballot initiative five years ago. Proposition 22 prevents California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states or countries.

"We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote," the governor's press secretary, Margita Thompson, said in a statement. "Out of respect for the will of the people, the governor will veto (the bill)."

Despite his promised veto, Schwarzenegger "believes gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationship," the statement said. ...

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