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06/06/2007

CA Assembly again does what's right; now waits for Arnold to do what's wrong

by Jeremy Hooper

   So for the second time, a gay marriage-legalizing bill has passed the California Assembly:

Assembly Passes Bill Granting Same-Sex Couples the Ability to Marry in California [EQCA]

The measure now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to also easily pass. Though sadly, Gov. Schwarzenegger has indicated that if the decent, fair, and equal legislation does make it through that body, he will likely veto it, just like he did back in 2005.

So how are we going to change Arnold's mind and convince him that he's been handed a golden, righteous opportunity to become a sort of civil rights hero? Well simple: Just like in 2005, we're going to again work to convince Arnold that Maria Shriver is really a man, therefore forcing him to question his own same-sex marriage. However, this time we're upping the ante. This year, we're gonna actually try and convince Ms. Shriver to have gender reassignment surgery! As a Kennedy family member who is married to a GOP governor, she has already experienced both the liberal and conservative sides of life. We're sure she must be at least a bit curious about what it's like to experience life as a dude! And just to sweeten the pot, we'll also convince NBC to promise to bring Shriver back into the journalistic fold and offer up a block of prime air time to document her entire transition. It's simply and irresistible offer!

Sure it may seem easier to simply show Arnold how the rights of a minority sect should be protected from the tyranny of a majority, and to plead with him to make his state a beacon of light that helps end gay non-accpetance in this nation. But that method has already proven unsuccessful with the Governator. So ya seem we're simply left with no choice. The writing's on the wall: It's Mario Shriver or a veto!

We're sending brochures to the left coast ASAP; we'll keep you posted.

**SEE ALSO: Assemblyman Mark Leno closing statement in support of Assembly Bill 43 (the gay marriage measure):

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Your thoughts

I think his reasoning is that the California constitution forbids the legislature from overturning a citizen petition, which is his logic of saying it has to be handled by the courts or another petition. If so, then it wouldn't do any good to sign it anyway, because some "pro-family" group would sue and the courts would have to toss the law out.

Posted by: Boo | Jun 6, 2007 9:55:32 AM

Boo: You're exactly right, that is his reasoning. However, on the simplest of technical levels his reasoning is flawed, as Prop. 22 addresses the recognition of marriages performed in other states (not Cali itself). Then of course there are the larger constitutional issues regarding this (and every) voter-initiated ban.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 6, 2007 10:23:29 AM

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