Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy Sacramento Bee)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting heat from pro-family activists for his plan to speak for the first time at a homosexual event, a Hollywood fund-raiser this week for the Log Cabin Republicans.
Though Schwarzenegger vetoed a same-sex marriage bill in September, he has otherwise signed every piece of pro-homosexual legislation to reach his desk.
The homosexual Log Cabin Republicans – which publicly parted company with President Bush after he supported a federal marriage-protection measure – have stood by Schwarzenegger, the Associated Press reported.
California-based Campaign for Children and Families yesterday blasted Schwarzenegger over his appearance at the event.
“No Republican governor in California history has promoted transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality like Arnold Schwarzenegger has,” said the organization’s president, Randy Thomasson, in a statement. “In the last three years, Schwarzenegger has delighted homosexual activists by signing most of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) bills that the Democrat-controlled Legislature has placed on his desk. This spring, Schwarzenegger signed an official proclamation celebrating the ‘success of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebrations.’”
Continued Thomasson: “Now, in an unprecedented act honoring transsexual-bisexual-homosexual ‘pride’ (which is parading through cities nationwide this month), Schwarzenegger has done the unthinkable: He’s agreed to be the top fund-raising speaker for homosexual activists.”
Though AP reported the Thursday event costs $250 a plate, Campaign for Children and Families says attendees can get their photo taken with the governor for a $5,000 contribution.
Thomasson asserts the Log Cabin Republicans want to “transform the California Republican Party into the party that supports homosexual ‘marriage’ and the entire transsexual, bisexual and homosexual legislative agenda.”
Last month, Schwarzenegger broke a policy of not commenting on pending bills, indicating through a spokesman he will veto SB 1437, a measure passed by the Senate and pending in the Assembly that would remove “sex-specific” terms such as “mom” and “dad” from textbooks and would require students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society.
SB 1437 passed the Senate May 11 with a 22-15 vote.
“The governor believes that school curriculum should include all important historical figures, regardless of orientation,” said Schwarzenegger’s director of communications, Adam Mendelsohn, according to the Sacramento Bee. “However, he does not support the Legislature micromanaging curriculum.”
Thomasson believes the veto threat was issued out of “fear of pro-family voters” just before this month’s primary election. Schwarzenegger faces voters in November’s general election.
Meanwhile, a GOP governor on the other side of the country, Gov. Robert Ehrlich of Maryland, has appointed an openly homosexual judge just a week after firing a transportation board member after he stated on a local cable TV show that “sexual deviancy” should not receive “a special place of entitlement.”
Robert J. Smith, Ehrlich’s appointee to the Washington, D.C.-area Metro transit authority board, was fired by the governor after a homosexual member of the board complained about the comment.
Erlich appointed 47-year-old Christopher Panos as a special master in the city Circuit Court family division to a fill a court vacancy, AP reported, adding that Panos and his “partner” are raising a daughter together.
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