Sunday, August 08, 2010

Hurrah for the Governator

Beginning of a report in the Sacramento Bee:

Let gays begin marrying, Schwarzenegger urges
By Kevin Yamamura and Susan Ferriss
Published: Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 - 3:48 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010 - 12:31 pm

In an extraordinary court filing, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked Friday that gay marriages be allowed to resume immediately in California after a federal ruling that the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

The Republican governor filed his brief with U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker before a Friday deadline to submit arguments on whether to continue a stay of Walker's decision against Proposition 8.

"The Administration believes the public interest is best served by permitting the Court's judgment to go into effect, thereby restoring the right of same-sex couples to marry in California," wrote Kenneth C. Mennemeier, an attorney representing Schwarzenegger, in the brief. "Doing so is consistent with California's long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect."


Schwarzenegger applauded Walker's decision earlier this week.

"For the hundreds of thousands of Californians in gay and lesbian households who are managing their day-to-day lives, this decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves," the governor said in a statement Wednesday.

I was led to this by another hopeful post, from Steve Clemons (RT by @thegarance), about an online poll running on As of this moment, after nearly a third of a million votes have been cast, about 72% say, "Yes -- Prop. 8 violates the Constitution." Not a scientific poll, to be sure, but if nothing else, considering the alternative …


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