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  •  That's not fair, he opposed Prop 8. (8+ / 0-)

    His name is only appears as the defendant on the initial lawsuit because he was Governor at the time. Both he and Atty. General Brown opposed the measure at that time and declined to participate in the appeal for it (hence the whole standing issue discussed in the diary).

    There are many issues on which to legitimately criticize Schwarzenegger, but gay marriage isn't one of them.

    •  But. though he opposed prop h8 (3+ / 0-)
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      teachme2night, jpmassar, Odysseus

      the situation existed in part because he vetoed marriage equality when it passed the legislature (twice IIRC). He doesn't get a total pass on the issue and yes there are grounds to criticize him.

      •  While he did, his vetoes were not because (2+ / 0-)
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        RainyDay, jpmassar

        he opposed gay marriage. He did so because the bills that passed violated the state constitution as amended by Prop 8, which was still the law of the land..

        As he noted:

        "If the ban of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional this bill is not necessary. If the ban is constitutional this bill is ineffective."

        This is actually 100% correct.

        •  Prop 8 didn't exist yet (2+ / 0-)
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          Collideascope, jpmassar

          is that a typo?

        •  Nope (5+ / 0-)
          While he did, his vetoes were not because he opposed gay marriage. He did so because the bills that passed violated the state constitution as amended by Prop 8, which was still the law of the land..
          Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed same-sex marriage bills in 2005 and 2007 -- before Proposition 8 amendment the California Constitution in 2008.

          In 2005 and 2007, the law of the land prohibiting same-sex marriage in California was merely statutory. That could have been undone simply by passing a law which would enact a new statute repealing the previous one and allowing for same-sex marriage. The legislature did so, but Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed it.

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