The gay political
group Log Cabin Republicans-California has announced
an event to honor California governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger, just months after the governor
summarily vetoed a bill passed by the legislature that
would have brought marriage equality to the state.
exception of not signing gay marriage last year
(problem--yet, neither did Bill Clinton or [previous
California governor] Gray Davis), [Schwarzenegger] has
essentially signed all other GLBT-related bills," said
a promotional e-mail from organizer Pat Adams. Adams
failed to mention that neither Clinton nor Davis ever vetoed
a marriage equality bill either, since no marriage equality
bill was presented to them by their legislatures.
Adams continued, "We are hopeful that he will soon."
June 29 event will take place in Hollywood, at the
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Ticket prices start at $250,
with a minimum of $5,000 required for a "photo
opportunity with the governor." AIDS Project Los
Angeles and Equality California, the nonpartisan state
gay rights group that battled with Schwarzenegger over the
marriage bill, are listed as "hosts."
"honorary host committee" is Duf Sundheim, chairman of
the California Republican Party, which states in its
platform that "homosexuality should not be presented
as an acceptable 'alternative' lifestyle in public
education and policy. We oppose granting to
homosexuals special privileges, including marriage,
domestic-partnership benefits, and child custody or
Adams, who wrote
that he is "neither Republican nor Democrat,"
concluded his e-mail by saying, "This should be a very
significant night for all of us and fun too!" (The