I’m all in favor of gay’s being allowed to marry. I think marriage is a great institution and people that are willing to make that sort of commitment should not be prohibited from getting hitched to the partner of their choice. California legislators have passed a bill removing restrictions on same sex marriages. Governor Schwarzenegger says he is going to veto it. From the LA Times via Yahoo News:
… announced through an aide Wednesday that he would veto the measure “out of respect for the will of the people.”
In a careful statement, Schwarzenegger press secretary Margita Thompson invoked the voter approval in March 2000 of Proposition 22, which said: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
I have mixed feelings on Arnie’s action. I have a pretty strong tendency to agree with his reasoning, especially since Proposition 22 passed with 61% of the vote. But what if Proposition 22 had said blacks/Jews/whatever were not allowed to marry outside their groups? Or 61% voted to re-institute slavery? Is the only valid solution to go through the courts seeking to remedy the injustice or convince the population at large it’s a bad decision? It’s a tough call for me. I think the bottom line is that denying someone marriage isn’t clearly (although I think a case can be made for it) infringing a fundamental right like the right to freedom (non-slavery), freedom of speech, and the right to keep and arms. Therefore I have to conclude Arnie made the right decision–especially when it provokes the moon-bats into statements like this:
“The only reason that he could be doing this is that he is pandering to the far right,” said Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the measure’s author.
61% of the voters were against same-sex marriage, therefore Assemblyman Leno must think 61% of California voters are “far right”. Someone should give him his anti-psychotic meds as they lead him away to the funny farm.