Schwarzenegger, Who Spoke Out Against Single Mothers and Vetoed Gay Marriage Bills, Fathered Child Out of Wedlock
Last week, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his split with wife Maria Shriver. Yesterday, it emerged that he had fathered a child a decade ago with a household staff member who worked under their roof for over 20 years. Schwarzenegger provided financial stability for the child, according to the LA Times.
Nothing like this really comes as a surprise anymore -- and, frankly, after John Edwards screwed his own political career while cheating on his terminally ill wife, it's hard not to be jaded about any infidelities. But the fun part when these sorts of tabloid-y dramas hit the headlines is pointing out the hypocrisy of the politics of the men in question. So, without further ado:
As Governor, Schwarzenegger, a Roman Catholic, vetoed a same-sex marriage bill in 2005, then again in 2007. In 2008, the Governor had a change of heart and announced at a convention of the Log Cabin Republicans that he would fight a ban on same-sex marriage, what became known as Proposition 8.
“Schwarzenegger said he was confident a ban would never pass in California and called the effort ‘a waste of time’,” USA Today wrote in April, 2008. Prop 8 passed that year, by a 52 — 48 margin.
In 2007, after Schwarzenegger vetoed a marriage equality bill for the second time, Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California said, “This will be part of his legacy. He single-handedly is standing in the way of lifting the cloud of discrimination for millions of Californians.” [The New Civil Rights Movement]
While Schwarzenegger was barring people in loving relationships from making lifetime legal commitments to each other, he was also disparaging the single moms of the world for not having a man-partner:
"The parents are the single most important influence on a child, followed by education and the peer group," he told Christina Valhouli. "The number of single parents in the U.S. has quadrupled since the '60s, and there has also been an increase in violence and school shootings. All that stuff has increased largely because of a lack of parenting, and many households only have one biological parent -- so many of them are fatherless. It really creates a big problem." [Salon]
What a guy.