Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Now What, Arnold?

The California Assembly — both houses — has passed leglislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

The measure now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, who has supported domestic partnership legislation in the past but has not taken a public position on the marriage bill.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Schwarzenegger, Margita Thompson, said after the vote that the governor believed that the issue of same-sex marriage should be settled by the courts, not legislators, but she did not indicate whether that meant he would veto the legislation. The bill did not pass with enough votes to override a veto.

“The governor will uphold whatever the court decides,” Ms. Thompson said.

Hold it. I thought Republicans were against “judicial activism” — unless, of course, it benefitted them (vis. Bush v. Gore). So Gov. Schwarzenegger is leaving it up to the courts? Sounds like girlie-man talk to me.