Thursday, September 08, 2005

California gay marriage - Terminated

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage "out of respect for the will of the people," drawing heated criticism from gay rights supporters and cheers from conservative groups.

The bill, narrowly passed by lawmakers in the past week, would make California the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through its legislature. In Massachusetts, recognition of gay marriages came through a court ruling.

But Schwarzenegger said Wednesday the legislation would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved an initiative five years ago that prevents California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states or countries.

"We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote," the governor's press secretary, Margita Thompson, said in a statement.

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The governor has until Oct. 9 to issue the veto. A veto override in California requires a two-thirds vote in both the Assembly and Senate. The Assembly approved the bill 41-35, while the Senate voted 21-15.

Despite his promise to veto the bill, Schwarzenegger still believes "gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationship," Thompson's statement said. "He is proud that California provides the most rigorous protections in the nation for domestic partners."





Good for him.

This was the right thing to do.

The people of CA already, by margin of 61.4%, voted on proposition 22 that stated “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Plus the way this bill made it's way through the CA Assembly was really lowball politics. It's wasn't a stand alone bill, it was attached to a marine biology bill.

Now I know some will say Gov. Schwarzenegger's decision to veto this is wrong because the people of CA voted in their elected officials and they should have the say on gay marriage, but when you have a state like CA that allows it's people to vote on major items via proposition and the topic of gay marriage has already been voted on by the people, who should the gov. side with? 62 Democrats (AB 849) that are pushing an agenda, or 4,618,673 citizens of CA that voted in favor of prop 22?


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Votes on AB 849
CA Assembly

AYES
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Bass(dem)
Berg(dem)
Bermudez(dem)
Calderon(dem)
Canciamilla(dem)
Chan(dem)
Chavez(dem)
Chu(dem)Cohn(dem)
Coto(dem)
De La Torre(dem)
Dymally(dem)
Evans(dem)
Frommer(dem)
Goldberg(dem)
Hancock(dem)
Jones(dem)
Karnette(dem)
Klehs(dem)
Koretz(dem)
Laird(dem)
Leno(dem)
Levine(dem)
Lieber(dem)
Liu(dem)
Montanez(dem)
Mullin(dem)
Nation(dem)
Nava(dem)
Negrete McLeod(dem)
Oropeza(dem)
Pavley(dem)
Ridley-Thomas(dem)
Ruskin(dem)
Saldana(dem)
Salinas(dem)
Torrico(dem)
Umberg(dem)
Wolk(dem)
Yee(dem)
Nunez(dem)

NOES
****

Aghazarian(rep)
Arambula(dem)
Benoit(rep)
Blakeslee(rep)
Bogh(rep)
Cogdill(rep)
Daucher(rep)
DeVore(rep)
Emmerson(rep)
Harman(rep)
Haynes(rep)
Shirley Horton(rep)
Houston(rep)
Huff(rep)
Keene(rep)
La Malfa(rep)
LaSuer(rep)
Leslie(rep)
Matthews(dem)
Maze(rep)
McCarthy(rep)
Mountjoy(rep)
Nakanishi(rep)
Niello(rep)
Parra(dem)
Plescia(rep)
Richman(rep)
SharonRunner(rep)
Spitzer(rep)
Strickland(rep)
Tran(rep)
Vargas(dem)
Villines(rep)
Walters(rep)
Wyland(rep)

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CA senate

AYES
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Alarcon(dem)
Alquistalq(dem)
Bowen(dem)
Cedillo(dem)
Chesbro(dem)
Dunn(dem)
Escutia(dem)
Figueroa(dem)
Kehoe(dem)
Kuehl(dem)
Lowenthal(dem)
Migden(dem)
Murray(dem)
Ortiz(dem)
Perata(dem)
Romero(dem)
Simitian(dem)
Soto(dem)
Speier(dem)
Torlakson(dem)
Vincent(dem)


NOES
****

Aanestad(rep)
Ackerman(rep)
Ashburn(rep)
Battin(rep)
Campbell(rep)
Cox(rep)
Denham(rep)
Dutton(rep)
Florez(dem)
Hollingsworth(rep)
Maldonado(rep)
Margett(rep)
McClintock(rep)
Poochigian(rep)
Runner(rep)