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The Governator vetoes CA marriage bill

“By vetoing the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Protection Act, Governor Schwarzenegger has come down on the wrong side of history. Governor Schwarzenegger had the chance to enter the pages of history with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson; instead he has chosen to be listed alongside George Wallace and Strom Thurmond. Just as Wallace, Thurmond and many other segregationists came to regret their errors, I hope that Governor Schwarzenegger will come to change his views.”

— California State Treasurer Phil Angelides on Arnold’s veto


California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger followed through Thursday on his threat and vetoed California’s same-sex marriage bill.

Schwarzenegger who had been sitting on the legislation since Friday used the confirmation of John Roberts in Washington to draw attention away from the veto.

In a brief statement announcing that he had stroked out the bill the governor said he is supportive of same-sex couples and noted that California has the strongest domestic partner law in the country.

The statement said that if he had signed the bill it would have simply added “confusion to a constitutional issue.” Schwarzenegger went on to say, “If the ban of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional this bill is not necessary. If the ban is constitutional this bill is ineffective.”

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