Sacramento, The movie star turned governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, seems poised to undermine marriage in his influential state.
In legal briefs submitted to the California Supreme Court, which is considering whether to license "same-sex marriages" next year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown both stated that a future legislature could abolish marriage and yank marriage rights from a married husband and wife.
It was revealed today that Attorney General Jerry Brown [AG Jerry Brown's 8/17 brief] and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 8/17 brief] have stated that the terms “marry” and “marriage” have no significance in the state’s constitution and can therefore be changed.
The briefs also reveal that the attorney general and the governor agree that benefits which are currently afforded to husbands and wives could be eliminated by the California Legislature.
Schwarznegger’s August 17 brief states, “…except for the ability to choose and declare one's life partner in a reciprocal commitment of mutual support, any of the statutory rights and obligations that are afforded to married couples in California could be abrogated or eliminated by the Legislature or the electorate for any rational legislative purpose.”
Randy Thomasson of the VoteYesMarriage.com ballot initiative organization points to this as “proof positive that the VoteYesMarriage.com initiative, which will prevent marriage from being abolished and prevent marriage rights from being eliminated, is absolutely needed to protect the sacred institution of marriage from activist judges and liberal politicians."
The ballot initiative promotes the California Marriage Amendment, which will safeguard marriage from the tampering of judges and politicians. Thomasson hopes to have the amendment appear on the 2008 ballot.