Arnold Comes Out Against Gay Marriage Ban

'California people are much further along on that issue,' he says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 10:15 PM CDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger laughs with Ms. International winner Yaxeni Oriquen, of Brazil, after presenting her with the trophy Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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(Newser) – Arnold Schwarzenegger told a group of gay Republicans yesterday that he will oppose a move to ban same-sex marriage in California, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. “I will always be there to fight against that,” he said, sparking applause at the San Diego convention of Log Cabin Republicans. It was his first stand against an initiative that may reach the November ballot.

Activists on both sides of the fence were surprised. “We've been asking him to come out against this for quite some time,” a gay rights activist said. “I wasn't expecting this.” A conservative blogger blasted Schwarzenegger for betraying a campaign promise, but the governor's camp said he "has been clear and consistent when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage."