Where Were You, Arnold?
Another ally trying to have it more than one way on Proposition 8. Having said, in April at a Log Cabin Republican meeting when asked about Prop 8, that he "would always be there to fight against that," GOP Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been silent since. Today:
"It’s unfortunate, obviously, but it’s not the end," Schwarzenegger said in an interview on CNN this morning. "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area."
This is a governor who twice vetoed marriage equality bills that reached his desk after being passed by both houses of the California legislature:
"This will be part of his legacy," said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, which sponsored AB43. "He single-handedly is standing in the way of lifting the cloud of discrimination for millions of Californians."
Arnold demeaned the fight for civil marriage equality further today by comparing it to his bodybuilding career:
Today, Schwarzenegger urged backers of gay marriage to follow the lesson he learned as a bodybuilder trying to lift weights that were too heavy for him at first. "I learned that you should never ever give up. . . . They should never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done."
Thanks, Arnold, for all you’ve done for marriage equality in the state you govern: two vetoes, a broken promise to "always be there to fight against" Proposition 8, utter silence throughout the entire campaign, and now, today, comparing our fight you made possible in front of the Supreme Court — to your bodybuilding.
We won’t quit, Arnold. Why did you?