Newsom scores hypocrisy of Schwarzenegger Marriage Equality
By Pat Murphy
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's announcement today to veto the
Marriage Equality Act was predicted hours earlier by the scornful
leader of the city which spawned it.
The act was shepherded through both the California Assembly and
Senate by Assemblyman Mark Leno in scant months following initial
A march protesting the veto took place tonight in the city's heavily
LGBT Castro District.
Earlier in the day, Mayor Gavin Newsom chided Schwarzenegger contradictions
on the issue during a press conference on city capacity to cope
with natural disasters.
"This is a civil rights vote," Newsom stated.
"The Governor of the State of California has an opportunity
to make history by doing what's right, by being a civil rights
leader or he can be a politician.
"We'd better let him have it if he doesn't do the right thing.
"Enough's enough. I am fed up with politicians saying one
thing privately and another thing publicly.
On several public occasions, Schwarzenegger was quoted on his
preference to let such legislation become law.
"I'm just so fed up with the hypocrisy, but boy am I proud
of Mark Leno."