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Schwarzenegger Is Just Fine Letting a Federal Court Decide Prop 8


Following up his attorney general’s response, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger submitted his own answer to the Prop 8 challenge filed by attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies. And guess what? He’s not trying to pretend the ballot measure is in any way constitutional.

Instead, he says the federal court challenge to the State Supreme Court’s ruling “presents important constitutional questions that require and warrant judicial determination.”

Yes, while the governor didn’t elaborate on his position — or declare whether he stands by two prior vetos that killed same-sex marriage legislation — the move has California’s chief executive wanting same-sex marriage decided not by legislators, but by judges! And fast!

Of course, Schwarzenegger has said before that while he thinks marriage is for one man and one woman, he doesn’t much care if same-sex marriage became legal. And his advice to gay marriage supporters? “They should never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done.”