Arnie has long been a friend of gays and lesbians, signing more homo-friendly bills than any governor in American history. But he twice refused to sign same-sex marriage bills passed by the Legislature, saying he didn't want to go against the wishes of voters who several years ago approved a ballot proposition saying that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid in California.
Many people expect the state Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage when it rules in June on a constitutional challenge to the current statutory ban. However, forces on the Christian right have been gathering names on a petition calling for a November proposition vote to add the ban to the Constitution. The move would wipe out any pro-gay marriage ruling by the court.
People on all sides of the issue had wondered what the popular governor would do if things unfold that way. Schwarzenegger made his intentions clear on Friday:
"I will always be there to fight against that, because it would never happen. I think we need a constitutional amendment so that foreign-born citizens can run for president, but not about gay marriage. That's a total waste of time."Rex covered the governor's appearance at the convention. Click here for his report.