Saturday, October 13, 2007

"This issue should be left to the branch of government least likely to let it go through!"

After all the right-wing talking points about how gay marriage should be left to the legislature and not decided by "judicial activists" (read: judges whose rulings we don't like), I'm amused by Schwarzenegger's take. Well, amused and infuriated. California's legislature passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage, so naturally he'd be all over that, wouldn't he?

Well, yeah. But not in the right way:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed another gay marriage bill Friday, saying voters and the state Supreme Court, not lawmakers, should decide the issue.

'Cause Republicans have always placed their trust in the impartial courts to decide on gay marriage, right?
Schwarzenegger said in his veto message that Californians "should not be discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation." He said he supports state laws that give domestic partners many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.

Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, a gay rights group, said the veto was "hypocrisy at its worst."

"We find it shocking for the governor to say he opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation and then veto a bill that would have ended discrimination based on sexual orientation," Kors said.

What he said.

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