California Governor Schwarzenegger made the wrong choice by vetoing the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Protection Act.
Democratic candidate for governor Phil Angelides said today in denouncing Schwarzenegger’s decision:
“By vetoing the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Protection Act, Governor Schwarzenegger has come down on the wrong side of history. [He] had the chance to enter the pages of history with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson; instead he has chosen to be listed alongside George Wallace and Strom Thurmond.”
In the 1940s, California was the first state to lift its ban on interracial marriage – leading other states across the nation to lift theirs as well.
This time, California could have been in the same leadership role – providing an example for states across the country to expand rights to all their citizens, too.
With his veto, Schwarzenegger missed an opportunity to do right by all Americans.