Now Aaaaaahhhhhnold opines that 'marriage' could be terminated in California, to facilitate gay 'marriage.' On the face of it, Arnold's right. SCOCA is nuts, of course, so California could well simply terminate "marriage."
In legal briefs submitted to the California Supreme Court, which is considering whether to license "same-sex marriages" next year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown both stated that a future Legislature could abolish marriage and yank marriage rights from a married husband and wife.
...Schwarzenegger's brief states: ". . . except for the ability to choose and declare one's life partner in a reciprocal commitment of mutual support, any of the statutory rights and obligations that are afforded to married couples in California could be abrogated or eliminated by the Legislature or the electorate for any rational legislative purpose."
"Moonbeam" Brown's brief was similar.
The context is a lawsuit filed to allow same-sex marriage now before the California Supreme Court. The court is expected to rule in favor of 'same-sex marriage.'
Aaaaahhhhnold's declaration that the word "marriage" is not long for the world of California is important because:
Californians voted in 2000 on Proposition 22, which reads, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," approving it by a significant margin.
However, the Democrat-controlled Legislature gradually has created "same-sex marriage by another name" by legislatively granting the rights of marriage to same-sex duos.
Then in 2005, the California courts said Proposition 22 protected only the word "marriage" but not the rights of marriage. The decision said Proposition 22 did not specifically protect marriage rights, so lawmakers could award the rights of marriage to homosexual partners.
"Because the plain, unambiguous language of Proposition 22 is concerned only with who is entitled to obtain the status of marriage, and not with the rights and obligations associated with marriage, (state law) does not add to, or take away from, Proposition 22," the court said.
(Screechin'Shirley is undoubtedly taking notes here...)
So the voters amend the
Alice, ask the Queen of Hearts to call home.
*Edited with knowledgeable input from No Runny Eggs