Arnie's gay marriage tap dance
September 22, 2005
The editors at the San Jose Mercury News grill the Gubernator on gay marriage. His first line of defense, Ronald Reagan:
Q: Let me change gears here for a moment, if you don't mind. I'm curious if you, Governor Schwarzenegger or private citizen Arnold Schwarzenegger, if you've have ever attended a gay marriage or a gay commitment ceremony -- a gay or lesbian marriage or commitment ceremony?
A: I can't remember.Right, because that's the kind of thing you'd easily forget. But if pulling a Reagan fails, try, try, try channeling John "I have no opinion" Roberts again.
Q: You've talked a lot about, you know, being deferential to the courts and to the people, but I'm curious what your personal views are on gay marriage. Are you personally troubled by it, as a father, as a Catholic? Does it bother you, or are you deferring to the wishes of the people, do you think?
A: You know, to me, I have never really felt that strong one way or another because to me, I don't, you know, I'm not personally hung up on the whole thing....But I try not to, as much as possible, not to get my own personal opinion in there. Because, I think that if you represent the people of California and the people of California voted on that issue, and overwhelmingly voted on that issue, and Proposition 22 won, I don't want to be the one that says, `Look, I decide right now your vote doesn't mean anything. And the money that you spent on that campaign was a waste of money and it's gone.' And I think it just shows you also, at the same time, how much out of touch the Legislature is with the people.[LINK via Andrew Sullivan]And these are the guys who accuse Democrats of flip-flopping in the name of political expediency.