Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given homosexuals in his state the rights of marriage, and has failed to fully protect school children from the “gay” agenda, according to those assessing the results of this year’s state legislature.
One weblog contributor described much of the work turned in as “lesbolation,” and many believe Schwarzenegger buckled under pressure from alternative lifestyle activists.
Schwarzenegger vetoed some pieces brought by lesbian lawmakers, providing a nominal amount of protection for the millions of Californians who hold to traditional values, but what he did sign will cause massive damage, pro-family organizations said.
For example, the governor signed a bill terminating the last vestige of traditional marriage, with a plan to allow “domestic partners” to file personal income taxes by checking either “married filing jointly” or “married filing separately” categories.
“Shame on Arnold Schwarzenegger for attacking marriage between a husband and wife, and for being two-faced about this sacred institution,” Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families, said afterwards.
“SB 1827 equates a wife with a homosexual, which makes no sense at all. How dare the Governor turn marriage inside out and upside down. Where’s his respect for marriage? Where’s Schwarzenegger’s respect for California voters who demanded that marriage rights be protected for a man and a woman?”
The CCF said the plan was initiated and pushed through the state’s liberal legislature by lesbian state Sen. Carole Migden, a San Francisco Democrat. It literally awards marriage status to homosexual pairs, officials said.
In an interview with the “San Jose Mercury News” earlier, Migden admitted that it was the “final piece” of legislation in the plan to obtain marriage benefits for homosexuals, “and I’m proud of it.”
The governor, meanwhile, provided some protection for public schools from gay activists, but failed to do the same thing for colleges, leaving Christian institutions of higher learning facing a difficult future.
He vetoed three “sexual indoctrination” bills that posed a “triple threat” to families.
The Capitol Resource Institute said AB 606, AB 1056 and SB 1437 were dropped by the wayside just as the signing deadline was approaching.
“This is a victory for California families,” said Karen England, chief of the CRI. “Due to the public outcry over these outrageous attacks on students with moral beliefs, the governor vetoed all three.”
Many groups, including several national outreaches such as the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family and others had lobbied their constituents to oppose the plans.
The CRI said AB 606 would have required the State Board of Education to increase sensitivity to so-called “discrimination.” Under the plan the state Superintendent of Public Instruction would have had unlimited discretion to withhold state funds from schools that did not comply with that individual’s interpretation of the law. It would have allowed discrimination complaints to be based on “perceived” actions.
A second plan, AB 1056, would have “integrated tolerance training” into history and social science curriculum and started a pilot program that would have forced students to learn a “new definition” of tolerance, one that would require them to not only accept but advocate for homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism, the CRI said.
“The governor’s office received thousands of phone calls, e-mails, letters and faxes regarding the triple threat,” said Meredith Turney, CRI’s legislative liaison. “Citizen activism is extremely effective.”
SB 1437 would have prevented any school teaching materials or activities from “reflecting adversely” upon homosexuals, bisexuals or transgenders. It also would have revised all social sciences programs to reflect the special contributions of homosexuals throughout history.
“The bills are not education, they are indoctrination, designed to inculcate our children and grandchildren,” said former California Assemblyman Larry Bowler, R-Elk Grove.
The governor also vetoed AB 2510, which would have forced school children to be questioned about whether they’ve been exposed to “bullying” based on sexual orientation.
But family groups remained concerned that Schwarzenegger on Aug. 28 signed SB 1441, which will force religious colleges – if a single student is attending on a state grant – to promote transexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality.
Thomasson told WND at the time that it “tramples the religious values of faith-based institutions.”
“The Christian colleges are very afraid,” Thomasson said earlier. “They are huddling together talking about a plan of action.”
Thomasson had told WND at stake are the “hearts and minds” of 6.5 million schoolchildren in the state, who, with implementation of the programs, would have become “sexualized activists” in public schools.
The governor also signed a law to allow the public shaming of pharmacists who have religious objections to dispensing abortion pills and to assemble a panel of abortionists to recommend actions on crimes against them.
Thomasson remained concerned over the new “counterfeit marriage” available to homosexuals in California. It’s a special privilege granted by no other state except Massachusetts so far.
“There is now no difference in California law between marriage rights for a husband and wife and marriage rights for homosexuals,” Thomasson said.
The legislation defied the will of California voters, who earlier had voted by nearly a 2-to-1 margin to protect marriage for only a man and a woman.
The same weblog participant who cited the “lesbolation” also concluded that “California really needs a political enema.”
“I say let Schwarzenegger just burn politically. It isn’t worth the fight if he is going to sign some of this kind of crazy legislation … Let a real wholesome liberal win it so we don’t have to bear the disgrace of Schwarzenegger with an R beside his name.”
However, polls show the governor pulled ahead of his opponent, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, as the election nears, and a report in the San Fransisco Chronicle showed that conservatives mostly are sticking with him, despite his positions.
One reason is that there hasn’t been any serious challenger to Schwarzenegger’s role as leader of the GOP in California, and Republicans have the horrors of giving up to Democrats.
Real estate investor Ken Sheppard told the newspaper that he’s upset with some of the governor’s actions, but, “if the other side were going to win, we would be hit with higher taxes for years and years and years. It’s not like voting for Arnold. It’s voting against Angelides.”
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