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Arnold to veto same-sex marriage bill

[UPDATE (11:30 PM): Moved this back up to include Freeper comments below.]

Even though his office is getting flooded with phone calls to support the civil rights of gays and lesbians, the Governator is going to cave to the bigots, hiding behind the fig leaf of “the matter should be decided by voters or the courts.” Score one for the ‘phobes. (SFGate):

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.

Schwarzenegger said the legislation, given final approval Tuesday by lawmakers, would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved Proposition 22. That measure was put on the ballot in 2000 to prevent California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

“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).”

Proposition 22 stated that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The bill to be vetoed by Schwarzenegger would have defined marriage as a civil contract between “two persons.”

…The governor has until Oct. 9 to issue the veto. Despite his promise to do so, Schwarzenegger “believes gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationship.”

“He is proud that California provides the most rigorous protections in the nation for domestic partners,” the statement said.

Arnie got what he wanted, the Right wing ready to pole-suck him back into office for another term. You’d think they would be angry at his position that “activist judges” could determine that same-sex marriage is legal, but right now, the knuckledraggers are celebrating…

Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?

“the golden state shines again! Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.””

“Like the man said: “I’ve come to clean”.”

“THANK YOU, GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER! We can’t have a state where the legislation sneaks decisions past the voters.”

“Homosexual Agenda Ping. Well, Arinold isn’t all bad.”

“Ahnold doesn’t put up with girlie men.”

“The Governator has crushed the puny girlie-man bill.”

“Well, great, with this veto (and as many future ones as are necessary, including a veto for SB60), I’ll vote for him.”

“Well, that is as it should be. Many panties will be in wads.”

“And for crying out load, this is how every single politician in california should be responding! The job of the legislature is not to override referenda!”

“You mean he’s going to queer the deal cooked up by the left-gay alliance?”

“Arnie! You just earned your entire paycheck!!!!”

“Thats such a noble and courageous act! Now fire 1 out of every 5 state workers you clown!”

“Arnie just figured out that if you find a 62% issue, stand next to it and wave. Good for him. Now about all that borrowing and run away spending Mr. Governator….”

“This will improve Arnold’s chances of success in this year’s special election. It will be easier now to recruit ground troops for the grassroots campaign that will be needed. Also, his endorsement of these reform measures will mean more. Arnold hit the nail on the head when he said we cannot have a system where the legislature ignores a vote of the people. And I love the fact that he did this immediately. It cuts short all the free, butt-kissing media publicity the Rats wanted to get from this disgusting move. BRAVO, Terminator!!!!!!”

“Yeah, I respect him for this. But the joke is, domestic partners are pretty much the same thing. So woohoo, people, you’ve protected a word.”

“Wow, Arnold acted like a Republican today. There’s a first for everything.”

“Ahhhnold. If he does this it is quite an act of political courage. The Gay Left Lobby will go after him mercilessly. Also, he will be blacklisted in Hollywood.”


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