governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is likely to veto the second
piece of legislation to pass his desk during his
administration that would allow same-sex marriage. He
has until October 14 to sign or veto the bill.
The governor has
not announced an official stance on the bill, passed on
September 7, but, as he made clear earlier this year, he
will not sign it, the San Francisco
"I don't want, as
the governor, to go against the will of the people,"
he said at an event put on by the YMCA in February. "If
it goes back on the ballot, the people can make the
legislation in 2000 that validates marriage in California
as being only between heterosexual couples. The legislation
won by a 22% margin.
However, a poll
in June 2006 showed that 48% of California residents
oppose marriage equality, contrasted with 55%
opposed in 2000.
California is now pushing a petition calling on the governor
to sign the legislation.
"In 2005, Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the marriage bill, and
now we have a second chance to urge him to support fairness
and equality for all Californians," Equality
California wrote to voters. "We have a second chance
to let the governor know that we aren't going
anywhere--and that our numbers are growing." (The