Sunday, November 9, 2008

Arnold Consoles the Gays He'd Been Ignoring

Are we sure The Terminator wasn't influenced by Cruising?

Would it kill Arnold Schwarzenegger (pictured above at his favorite leather bar) to stick with a position on gay marriage? As this Los Angeles Times article so neatly lays out:
In past statements, he has said he personally believes marriage should be between a man and a woman and has rejected legislation authorizing same-sex marriage. Yet he has also said he would not care if same-sex marriage were legal, saying he believed that such an important societal issue should be determined by the voters or the courts.

Following that position, he publicly opposed Proposition 8, which amends the state Constitution to declare that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Today, Schwarzenegger urged backers of gay marriage to follow the lesson he learned as a bodybuilder trying to lift weights that were too heavy for him at first. "I learned that you should never ever give up. . . . They should never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done."
It's nice that Governor Schwarzenegger, the star of such cinematic masterpieces as Red Sonja and Junior (oh, the side-splitting hilarity of a pregnant man! It was almost as funny as casting Schwarzenegger as a scientist), has decided that gays and lesbians are deserving of civil rights after all.

It's also nice that he's encouraging us to keep fighting for equal treatment under the law.

What isn't nice is that he didn't keep his promise to fight Proposition 8. Instead, he chose over and over again to remain mostly quiet on the issue in the crucial weeks leading up to the vote.

Maybe a guy who has blemishes like Raw Deal and Jingle All the Way on his résumé isn't overly concerned with his legacy, but Schwarzenegger's failure to stand up to the Yes on 8 crowd will not be forgotten. And he owes us all -- not just Californians, but everyone around the country who supported No on Proposition 8 -- an apology.

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