Saturday, April 12, 2008

Gov. Schwarzenegger Shifts Gay Marriage Stand

CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Shifts Gay Marriage Stand

Speaking to the national convention of the Log Cabin Republicans, CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promises that he will oppose a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. The Republican governor has vetoed bills that would legalize gay marriages, arguing that the issue should be decided by voters or the courts not lawmakers.

Schwarzenegger also served as a surrogate for John McCain, who couldn't attend the convention and asked the governor to speak for him.

According to Rex Wockner the Log Cabin Republicans will probably endorse John McCain, who they have had a long-term relationship with, even though the GOP candidate opposes gay marriage, is against relaxing the ban on gays in the military and campaigned against a ballot measure that would have permitted civil unions in Arizona.

"It seems likely LCR will endorse John McCain's presidential bid later this year. (LCR President Patrick) Sammon told me: "We're pleased he was nominated. Our posture during this campaign was stopping Mitt Romney. We're proud of the role we played with our ad campaign and, you know, Sen. McCain, we endorsed him in his Senate re-election in 2004; in 2000 a lot of our members were very supportive of his campaign, and certainly this time as well. We know he's someone who's an inclusive Republican who understands the party needs to get back to its core principles and we are excited about the campaign ahead."

McCain is an "inclusive Republican"?? The same John McCain who welcomed the endorsements of anti-gay, religious extremists Pat Robertson, John Hagee and Rod Parsley?? The same John McCain who once called Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson "agents of intolerance" but flip-flopped and embraced Jerry Falwell at Lilberty University? (Yes, the same John McCain who called the Bush tax cuts "irresponsible" but now supports them!) Good to see someone supporting the Republican's "core principles"!

Will the Uncle Tom Republicans side with Pat Robertson and the anti-gay religious right to endorse John McCain and help elect another Republican President who will appoint anti-gay federal judges and veto gay rights bills?

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