Originally published on Advocate.com August 28 2003 12:00 AM ET
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger laid out his positions on several issues--including gay issues--in a radio broadcast Wednesday, after weeks of criticism that he wasn't spelling out his views for voters as a candidate running in the California recall election for governor. He said he's in favor of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes and protecting a woman's right to abortion but against gay marriage.
The Republican gave his opinions on those and other hot-button issues during a call to the syndicated Sean Hannity radio show, which also was broadcast live on Fox Television. The statements, in response to a barrage of questions from the conservative talk show host, represented Schwarzenegger's most detailed comments to date in his bid to replace Gov. Gray Davis in the October 7 recall election.
Some of his responses, including those having to do with his opposition to gay marriage, could play well with the state's conservatives. Conservatives so far have been wary of the action star and have been leaning toward state senator Tom McClintock, Schwarzenegger's main challenger among Republicans on the ballot.
Asked about gay marriage, Schwarzenegger said, "I do support domestic partnerships" but reiterated that he is against gay marriage. He said marriage should be between a man and a woman.