Thursday, September 08, 2005

Schwarzenegger: Spineless Girlie Man

As expected, the "morally corrupt" Governator vetoed the gay marriage bill.

From Reuters: Schwarzenegger's press secretary, Margita Thompson, said the governor "believes that gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationship."

But since California voters approved a ballot measure five years ago defining marriage as between a man and a woman, the question of gay marriage should be put to voters again in a referendum or decided by courts, she said.


All together now: Civil liberties are not a popularity contest. They are a fundamental human right.

The Fourteenth Ammendment says:

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

And the Supreme Court, in the landmark 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, which declared a Virginia statute banning interracial marriage unconstitutional, said:

Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival.

I understand the distinction put forth by Arnold's mouthpiece above; it would be nice if the courts would settle this issue once and for all. But in the meantime, is it too much to ask of our elected leaders that they actually lead? Do they have to hide behind technicalities rather than simply doing the right thing?

Gavin Newsom for President!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

But if the Supreme Court has not clarified that same-sex marriages are one of the "basic civil rights of man", the Governor of CA can only suggest that it be put to a local (in his state) vote. I'm not a legal expert - does he have other (legal) options besides putting the issue to a vote in his state?

Josh Logan said...

He could have not vetoed.

PeaceLove said...

Precisely.

Anonymous said...

Oh you're all just a bunch of liberal freaks, next you'll propose that we be allowed to marry our dogs and cats. I suppose you think people should be able to talk about sex on radio and television too, and you probably condone nudity, alcohol, drugs, and all things evil and immoral. READ YOUR BIBLE, JESUS IS THE ANSWER.

Josh Logan said...

This has got to be Bodine.

Josh Logan said...

Jesus IS magic , by the way.

PeaceLove said...

I certainly condone nudity, especially in newborns. I've heard they tend to cause chafing when they emerge fully clothed.

Josh Logan said...

You sodomite.

PeaceLove said...

I was referring to the BIRTH process. What were you thinking of?

P.S. to Josh: That was a good call, earlier...