The Governator Vetoes Landmark Civil Marriage Legislation

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.

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