SACRAMENTO, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed another gay marriage bill, saying voters and California’s state Supreme Court, not lawmakers, should decide the issue.
But Schwarzenegger also angered some anti-gay forces by signing into law two gay-positive bills.
Under those two bills, California’s public schools will be barred from discriminating based on a student’s sexual orientation and teachers and administrators will be required to enforce anti-bias laws to protect LGBT students.
Anti-gay opponents said the bills would encourage teaching about homosexuality.
The Republican governor on Friday, Oct. 12, turned down a measure by Assemblyman Mark Leno that would have defined marriage as a union between two people, not just a man and a woman. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill from Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, in 2005 and has said he would veto all such bills.
The California Supreme Court is likely to rule next year on whether the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage violates the constitution.
Schwarzenegger said in his veto message that Californians “should not be discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation.” He said he supports state laws that give domestic partners many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.
Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, a gay rights group, said the veto was “hypocrisy at its worst.”
“We find it shocking for the governor to say he opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation and then veto a bill that would have ended discrimination based on sexual orientation,” Kors said.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 18, 2007