Is ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pro or against same sex marriages? This is one of the many questions people ask about the former Governor of California. Since Schwarzenegger had varying views on the huge issue, it is only understandable why people are curious on what his current stand is.
Even though the former Governor refused to sign a law that would legalize same sex marriages, he quickly changed his mind in 2010. Prior to this, he was quoted during his campaign saying ‘I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.’ Although many grew fond of his humor, this was one joke that the LGBT community in California did not hope for. In fact, Schwarzenegger had previously vetoed the legislation that would have legalized such marriages. He vetoed on this twice.
Seven years later, Schwarzenegger changed his mind. It was the first time he finally spoke out against Prop 8. He even filed an official brief for ending Judge Walker’s ruling that the Prop 8 is unconstitutional. This brief states ‘there is no government or public interest in continuing a ban on gay marriage after Walker’s decision.’ It was then people knew Schwarzenegger was in favor of gays and lesbians to be granted a legal wedding.
Another surprise this development produced is the fact that Schwarzenegger is a Republican. Going back to our previous post on whether or not Republicans support gay marriage, the answer is no. Perhaps Schwarzenegger is one of those few Republicans who disagree on this ruling. During the remainder of his stay in power, Schwarzenegger made a commitment to end the waiting period gay couples had to endure before they could obtain a marriage license.
Luckily, the new Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. is a Democrat and he is fully supportive of gay marriages. We’re only hoping the best for California! *Fingers crossed*