Arnold to Veto Gay Marriage Bill

Schwarzenegger likely to cite popular mandate once again
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Sep 17, 2007 10:10 AM CDT
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announces that he will call the Legislature in for a special session to deal with health reform and water issues, during a Capitol news conference, in Sacramento,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Gov. Schwarzenegger is signaling he'll veto California's same-sex marriage bill, arguing the measure violates the "will of the people." Schwarzenegger employed the same logic when he vetoed a similar bill two years ago, but the tides of popular sentiment are changing: the Chronicle reports that gay-marriage opponents outnumber supporters by only 2% today.

Schwarzenegger says Californians voiced their rejection of same-sex marriage when a 2000 ballot initiative gathered 61% of the vote. Gay-marriage proponents argue that the people are speaking through their elected officials who passed the bill, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Opponents aren't so sure, but the courts may have the final say.