Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Better than none?

I needed some good news after that, but only got halfway. Still, half a loaf and all that....

From AP for Wednesday:
Sacramento, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday he will veto a bill that would have made California the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through its elected lawmakers.

Schwarzenegger said the legislation, given final approval Tuesday by lawmakers, would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved an initiative five years ago.
The veto is not a surprise; Arnie had said previously he would try to kill it. Still, even if the veto can't be overriden, the legislature did pass it, the first time that's happened, so we are not completely breadless. It may be small progress, but it is progress.

In a nice bit of snark, Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
said she was not surprised by word of Schwarzenegger's pending veto.

"Any girlie man could have vetoed this legislation," she said.... "A real man demonstrating real leadership as governor of the most populous state in the nation would have chosen a different course of action."
And in a moment of high if unintentional humor, the Gropinator said he'd veto the bill because the debate over same-sex marriage should be decided by voters or the courts.

Hey, Arnie, check your script: The courts are exactly where you're supposed to say it shouldn't be decided.

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