Friday, September 30, 2005

Schwarzenegger Terminates Same-Sex Marriage Bill

(Link) Saying the issue should be settled by the voters or the courts, the Governator passes the buck -- no doubt pleasing his fundamentalist financiers. Voters and rabble rousers, you know what to do.

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LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger followed through Thursday on his promise to veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in California, saying the issue should be decided by voters or the courts.

"This bill simply adds confusion to a constitutional issue," the Republican governor said in a veto message.

Schwarzenegger had announced his intention on Sept. 7, a day after the Legislature became the first in the country to approve a bill allowing gays and lesbians to wed.

Schwarzenegger said the bill by Democrat Mark Leno, a gay assemblyman from San Francisco, contradicted Proposition 22, which was approved by voters in 2000 and said only marriages between a man and woman are valid.

While a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled that the ban is unconstitutional, Schwarzenegger noted that the case is before a state appeals court and will likely be decided by the California Supreme Court.

"If the ban of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional this bill is not necessary," he said. "If the ban is constitutional this bill is ineffective."