Here’s something people are going to miss if they are all paying attention to the Hurricane recovery in the south.
California lawmakers have become the first in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage, with the State Assembly narrowly approving a bill that defines marriage as between "two persons" instead of between a man and a woman.
Now, I’m not going to be heavy about this, as I’ve said in the past that the legislature is where this is supposed to be decided, instead of the courts. It’s coming though, as does every trend started amongst palm trees and super freeways.
But will Arno veto the bill? We don’t know, and they’re not telling.
The measure now goes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, who has supported domestic partnership legislation but has not taken a public position on the marriage bill.
OK, here’s the really ironic part.
A spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger, Margita Thompson, said after the vote that he believed that the issue of same-sex marriage should be settled by the courts, not legislators.
Whaaaaa? My opinion of Conan the Governor, and his knowledge of our system of government here in the old US of A, just lost serious altitude.
In all of this, we can once again point to the people and illustrate just how out of touch elected officials are with the majority of their constituents.
Californians voted overwhelmingly in 2000 for a ballot measure, Proposition 22, that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, but the legality of that law is now being fought over in the courts.
What the Governator, and many who support gay marriage, fail to understand is that the courts really can’t do anything, and if they do they’ll get tons of backlash for creating law where there is none. This indeed IS a job for the legislature, not the courts.
Reuters claims that Arnold will veto, citing his need to keep support from Republican voters.