Arnold quits the 'fag' business

For those who claimed: well, he's a Republican sure, but it's California, he's cool with gays, women and people of color...

In response to Schwarzenegger's veto of the bill legalizing gay marriage -- sometimes known as genuflecting to the Republican party machine when your polling's in the shitter -- Radar magazine via Doug Ireland is running a scathing article titled "Arnold Quits the 'Fag Business'" contending that the Governator's career was built with the help of "the gay sugar daddies of the international bodybuilding circuit."

Unauthorized biographer Wendy Leigh comments:

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