Arnie's for gay marriage.
Well, sort of.
If you look at the different quotes throughout this article--and the Tonight Show hasn't come on yet on the West Coast, so I haven't seen this for myself--it looks like Arnold hasn't quite made up his mind, although he's certainly seems to be to the left of not only President Bush, but of both John Kerry and John Edwards based on this. Here are some excerpts.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that same-sex marriages would be "fine with me" if the courts or the voters change state law and make them legal.
Appearing on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Schwarzenegger said he supports the law approved by California voters last year that proclaims marriage can only involve a man and a woman.
Asked if he would have any problem if the law was changed, Schwarzenegger said, "No, I have no problem."
"Let the court decide," he continued. "Let the people decide. The people have voted just in the last election on Proposition 22. They voted very clearly that marriage is only between a man and woman. That's the law, so we have to abide by the law.
"If the people change their minds and want to overrule that, that's fine with me."
The Republican governor also has distanced himself from President Bush, who endorsed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriages.
"I think since we have a state law, I think those issues should be left to the state," Schwarzenegger said. "So I have no use for a constitutional amendment or change in that at all."
Now the first thing I want to say is that the bit about being okay with it if the voters change the law is a throwaway line--no politician is likely to say that they'll disagree with a majority of the voters on an issue. But where does he stand on the issue as far as the courts are concerned? He seems to contradict himself on that note, saying in one breath to let the courts decide and then next to let the voters decide.
Personally, I don't like that Schwarzenegger is governor--I thought the recall was a load of crap--but he gets a partial nod from me on this. I imagine the Tom McClintock supporters are wagging their fingers at the Schwarzenegger Republicans and saying "See? We told you."