Assembly Bill 43, known as the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (introduced by out  Assemblyman Mark Leno) is expected to pass, and the Governator already has his veto pen ready. Rex has the scoop (and pix).

Asked what the governor will do this time, a press aide sent a Web link to Schwarzenegger’s Feb. 15, 2007, speech to the YMCA 59th Model Legislature and Court.

During a question-and-answer session, Sam Bayer from the Marin YMCA asked Schwarzenegger, “If the legislature were to bring you a new bill proposing to legalize gay marriage, would you sign it?”

The governor replied: “No. I would not sign it because the people of California have voted on that issue, and they made it very clear under Proposition 22, the majority of people, more than 60 percent of the people, voted no on that proposition, no to marriage of same sex. I believe in all the same rights, all the same rights than a marriage, and I’ve passed and signed many bills in order to make sure that we have that here in California. But I don’t want, as the governor, to go against the will of the people. If it goes back on the ballot the people can make the decision. They should make that decision, but it should not be me or the legislators going against the will of the people in any of this.”

Arnold believes that “activist judges” should determine whether gays and lesbians in the Golden State can marry. Has he not gotten the GOP memo?

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding