Yesterday, a vote in the California Legislature approved Same-Sex Marriages. Both the Assembly and the Senate approved it – the Assembly by one vote. Next, is the walk up to the Governor’s Desk of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Earlier this week, it was unclear what the Governor would do with the bill.
Well, this afternoon, the Governor of California said he will veto AB 849 stating that this was something the courts needed to decide or let the people decide, but it wasn’t for the Legislature of the State to decide. His office went to say that for the Legislature to make this decision would be in conflict with Proposition 22, voted by the people of the State, which defined marriage between and man and a woman. Schwarzenegger’s press secretary said the governor believes in full protections for same-sex couples under the law, but since the people voted on Prop22, AB849 should be decided by the people or by the courts.
As of today, Massachusetts is the only State in the Union that allows gay marriages – and that was decided by the courts. Until the veto, California is the first State to approve same-sex marriages by a governing body.Filed under: Just Too Gay!, Personal Log