The presssecretary Margrita Thompson read this official statement:
In Governor Schwarzenegger's personal life and work in public service, he has considered no undertaking to be more noble than the cause of civil rights. He believes that gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationship. He is proud that California provides the most rigorous protections in the nation for domestic partners.For someone who has prided himself in being socially liberal, he will surely go down as blowing a big chance. He has long intoned two chants:
Five years ago the matter of same-sex marriage was placed before the people of California. The people voted and the issue is now before the courts. The Governor believes the matter should be determined not by legislative action – which would be unconstitutional Â but by court decision or another vote of the people of our state. We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote. Out of respect for the will of the people, the Governor will veto AB 849.
- The courts, not the legislature, should decide
- The will of the people
Governor, POTUS, and in our case Senate President need to be a little ahead of the electorate. Voters almost always want the status quo. The answer is to point and lead where they need to go, not let them stagnate.