The Governator has spoken: California won’t be seeing same-sex marriage. Arnold Schwarzenegger upheld his promise and precedent by vetoing a Mark Leno-sponsored bill that amending marriage’s definition. Men and women would be replaced by the more inclusive “persons,” a concept that must not translate for Austrian born Schwarzenegger.
After delivering his blow, the Republican governor proclaimed,
It would be wrong for the people to vote for something and for me to then overturn it. So they can send this bill down as many times as they want, I won’t do it.
The Commando and Kindergarten Cop actor’s referring to 2000’s Proposition 22, which tallied “nays” among California voters. That proposition, however, went forward nearly eight years ago, prior to the terrorist attacks, before the war in Iraq and prior to a small survey of 750 voters showing that about 43% support same-sex marriage. Perhaps Schwarzenegger’s simply incapable of adapting to – or measuring – the times.
Schwarzenegger’s opposition certainly don’t support his tenacity. Equality California’s Geof Kors sniped, “[It’s shocking] he opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation and then veto[s] a bill that would have ended discrimination based on sexual orientation.” Those, Mr. Kors, are what we call True Lies.