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Schwarzenegger Supports Court Case to Overturn Prop 8

Timothy Kincaid

November 9th, 2008

In the wake of the election, the Arnold Schwarzenegger has finally seen fit to make a public comment about Proposition 8. (LA Times)

“It’s unfortunate, obviously, but it’s not the end,” Schwarzenegger said in an interview on CNN this morning. “I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area.”

He was aparantly refering to the lawsuit asking the state Supreme Court to invalidate the proposition. Should that effort fail, the Governor suggests perseverance.

Today, Schwarzenegger urged backers of gay marriage to follow the lesson he learned as a bodybuilder trying to lift weights that were too heavy for him at first. “I learned that you should never ever give up. . . . They should never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done.”

I appreciate his sympathies, especially as gays, friends, and families take to the streets in protest throughout the state. I do wish, however, that he had been more vocal before Tuesday. With such a narrow margin, a little heavy lifting on Arnold’s part might have influenced the outcome.



Lynn David
November 10th, 2008 | LINK

Too bad Schwarzenegger’s Republican party isn’t with him

Contribution Transaction
Recipient committee: – Yes On 8, A Project Of California Renewal
Contributor: Calif. Republican Party
Location: Burbank, CA
Amount: $1,097
Transaction date: 11/03/2008
Report date: 11/04/2008


San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee (Stockton, CA)
$4,000 10/31/2008 11/01/2008


North Coast Republican Club (Encinitas, CA)
$1,858 09/15/2008 09/16/2008

It was on the Independant Gay Forum that I first saw a condemnation of the Obama campaign which was blamed on bringing in more black and hispanic votes which then voted against marriage for gays and lesbians. That was the article, “Marriage Bans Win in Florida, Arizona; Marriage Rolled Back in California,” by the reformed progressive Stephen H. Miller, who wrote:

The get out the vote for Obama campaign, to which the LGBT beltway bandits contributed mightily, achieved its goal of bringing out record numbers of black and Hispanic voters, who heavily supported the anti-gay marriage amendments that will constitutionally bar same-sex marriages in Florida and Arizona (and, even worse, roll back marriage equality in a state where it now exists, California. Also, Arkansas voters banned gay couples from adopting children.

From Reuters, California Stops Gay Marriage Amid Obama Victory. That state’s anti-gay marriage Prop 8 passed with exit polls showing 51% of whites opposing the amendment but 70% of African-Americans supporting it, and 75% of African-American women voting to ban our marriages. But what price is losing marriage equality when we now have the light bearer to reign over us?

Bitter isn’t he?

November 10th, 2008 | LINK

And this is coming from a supposed republican?
Wow… talk about being firm in his position even though it is not a healthy issue to support if your a republican.
My respect for Arnold! Doing the right thing in the midst of adversity.

L. Junius Brutus
November 10th, 2008 | LINK

Same here, I’ve always liked Arnold. Even more so now. I expected him to say: the people have spoken and blah blah blah.

Bruce Butler
November 10th, 2008 | LINK

I attended the protest at at the Saddleback church on Sunday the 9th. There were well over a thousand people there, not the 200 or 300 hundred reported by the press. Let’s all go back again for the next few Sundays, until our equal rights are restored. We need to make an example of the rev. Rick Warren, who emailed his 10,000 members, and encouraged them to vote for prop. H8. This will get him where it hurts the most, in his collection plate. I’m sure that many of his congregants will want to attend another place of worship that is more peaceful. So, see you all there once again. Sunday, Nov. 16th, at 10:00AM
Address: 1 Saddleback Pkwy, Lake Forest,CA 92630

November 10th, 2008 | LINK

Arnold came around on this. Where’s Obama? Get real, Obama won’t stick his neck out very far at all for gays. But, instead of making the defeat of 8 the top electoral priority the big gay groups like HRC made electing Obama their big priority. They are so far up the Democratic Parties backside as to be useless.

Timothy Kincaid
November 10th, 2008 | LINK

Incidentally, the Schwarzenegger comments made the news – further giving credibility to our legal efforts.

Ben in Oakland
November 10th, 2008 | LINK

yeah, but where was he on October 27? I real PSA owuld have hleped.

Mark F.
November 10th, 2008 | LINK

Any lawyers here with an opinion on the merits of this case?

November 10th, 2008 | LINK

Just wanted to second the comments and part of your post which expressed dismay that Arnold didn’t speak out more vocally and publicly BEFORE the vote, when it really could have swayed a lot of “yes” votes to “no” votes. His absence at that time and in that way did great damage, so, while it’s good to hear his current statements (even though they completely contradict earlier positions he’s taken…)he needs to do a lot more to make up for the hurt he has caused.

Ben in Oakland
November 11th, 2008 | LINK

Had he come out with a forceful PSA, I would have voted for him when he runs for senator– my first vote for a republican in 25 years. As it is, I don’t need to worry aobut it anymore.

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