Schwarzenegger Veto Puts Politics Over People

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese made the
following statement about California Governor Schwarzenegger's veto of
legislation extending equal marriage rights and responsibilities to all
Californians.

"Governor Schwarzenegger's veto put politics over people today," said
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "The Governor's veto
delays equal treatment under the law for thousands of California
families."

"Governor Schwarzenegger should actively fight against ballot
initiatives that write discrimination into the California Constitution,"
Solmonese added. "These initiatives would forever deny marriage to
same-sex couples and roll back all the benefits and responsibilities
they currently have under law."

By a 41-35 vote, the California Assembly passed A.B. 849, the Civil
Marriage and Religious Freedom Protection Act, on Sept. 6, 2005. The
California Senate passed the measure on Sept. 1 by a 21-15 vote. The
legislation was authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco,
and sponsored Equality California, and had marked the first time that a
marriage equality bill has passed a state legislature.

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