Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Republican hobgoblin

The California Legislature has passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. That's terrific, but it's just a small and symbolic step, because Governor Schwarzenegger is sure to veto it.

California courts are currently hearing appeals on the question of whether it's constitutional to limit marriage to mixed-sex couples. And here's the kicker: in a day and age when every other Republican on the planet is ranting about courts making decisions, Schwarzenegger doesn't want elected representatives weighing in on this! His press secretary said, "The governor believes the courts are the correct venue for this decision to be made."

He doesn't want mayors to make this move; he doesn't want people elected to the Assembly and Senate to take action on this. I don't remember Arnold being so opposed to democratic processes when it involved his chance to move into the governor's office!


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