AB-43, a bill re-introduced by Mark Leno, that would redefine marriage as a civil contract and passed by the state legislator last week, will be vetoed AGAIN by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Gubernator claims because of a previous 2000 ballot initiative (Prop 22) that defined marriage as between a man and a woman that was supported by 61% of voters. You know it is the “will of the people.”
“I don’t want, as the governor, to go against the will of the people,” Schwarzenegger said at an event put on by the YMCA, but added: “If it goes back on the ballot, the people can make the decision.”
The Legislature approved the bill Sept. 7, and the governor has until Oct. 14 to sign or veto the measure.
Foes of same-sex marriage argue, along with Schwarzenegger, that California voters made their decision in March 2000, when Proposition 22, the protection of marriage initiative, was approved by a landslide 61 to 39 percent. The 14-word measure, which conservative and religious groups placed on the ballot, said simply, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
Um, yeah, but a lot has changed in seven years. There are a lot of legislators that now support same-sex marriage. But these people just don’t stop.
Opponents of same-sex marriage say there’s a simpler reason for that reluctance: The issue is still a loser at the polls.
“It would be interesting for the same-sex marriage people to make their research public, since every survey we’ve done shows opposition well into the majority,” said Ron Prentice, executive director of the California Family Council, which is associated with James Dobson’s huge Focus on the Family Christian ministry.
Proponents of traditional marriage are so confident of their support that they are preparing ballot initiatives even stronger than Prop. 22. One or more of them could go before voters next year, either in June or November.
Scary. You can sign a petition urging him not to veto here. I am sick and tired (literally and of these anti same-sex marriage people), so I thought what better way to respond to this, but with Wanda Sykes views on same-sex marriage, in her special Sick and Tired.