April 12, 2008

Is the "Governator" a GLBT Ally?

Well, maybe not a full-fledged one yet, but he did come out very clearly against the proposed constitutional amendment in California that would ban same-sex marriage.

From the San Jose Mercury News via the Log Cabin Republicans:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he would fight an initiative to amend the California Constitution to ban gay marriage if it qualifies for the November ballot.

Schwarzenegger said he was confident that such an amendment, which already are on the books in 26 other states, would never pass in California and called it a "waste of time."

"I will always be there to fight against that," Schwarzenegger said, prompting loud cheers and a standing ovation from about 200 people at the annual convention of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation's largest gay Republican group.

The Austrian-born governor immediately cracked that he wished activists would instead focus on passing an amendment to allow naturalized citizens to run for president.

A Schwarzenegger spokeswoman, Julie Soderlund, said it was the first time the governor publicly stated opposition to the measure, though he has held the view for "some time."

"He has said he supports the will of the people and would enforce the rule of the court but does not support an initiative to change the Constitution," she said.

Click here to read more of the Mercury News story.

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