29 September 2005

The Governator makes history, the wrong kind.

Today Governor Schwarzenegger made the wrong choice for California - and the nation - by vetoing the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Protection Act which had been passed by the California legislature. Schwarzenegger has come down on the wrong side of history and made an ideological choice instead of a rational, governing choice. This was a gross act of cowardice.

Around the country, California is known as a trendsetter and the Golden State could have set the trend for guaranteeing basic civil rights and equality to all in society. Instead, Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed that plan.

As Phil Angelides said today in denouncing Schwarzenegger's decision:

"By vetoing the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Protection Act, Governor Schwarzenegger has come down on the wrong side of history. [He] had the chance to enter the pages of history with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson; instead he has chosen to be listed alongside George Wallace and Strom Thurmond."

In the 1940s, California was the first state to lift its ban on interracial marriage - leading other states across the nation to lift theirs as well.

This time, California could have been in the same leadership role - providing an example for states across the country to expand equal rights to all their citizens, too.

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