Posted by: Jennifer | September 8, 2005

agreeing with the governator — shocking, I know

For once, I think that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a good point:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday he will veto a bill that would have made California the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through its elected lawmakers.

Schwarzenegger said the legislation, approved Tuesday by lawmakers, would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved an initiative five years ago. Proposition 22 was placed on the ballot to prevent California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states or countries.

The Governator goes on to say that you cannot have a system where the people vote in favour of something and then the State Legislature comes along and votes the opposite into law. And as much as I hate the thought of taking a step back in the fight to legalize what is right, I have to agree with him on this point. The people of California spoke and said that they did not want same-sex marriage in their state. That vote should be respected.

Now, if they really want to try and take a step in the right direction, maybe a new Proposition should be put on the ballot. After all, who knows how many opinions have changed over the last five years.

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  1. I have to disagree, there are times when the majority should not rule. Try this little exercise:

    What if the majority of Californians had wanted to bring back slavery, would it be right? Should it become the law?

    A majority should not be voting on the basic human rights of a minority.


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