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Governor Calls Proposition 8 Passage 'Unfortunate'

In CNN Interview, Gov. Schwarzenegger Says Prop 8 Should be Invalidated Because Court Has Ruled that Banning the Right to Marry is Unconstitutional


Equality California and National Center for Lesbian Rights are pleased Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the millions of Californians who are disappointed with the passage of Proposition 8. In an interview with CNN Late Night on Sunday, the governor said the passage of Prop 8 is "unfortunate," and added that he believes the Supreme Court should invalidate Prop 8 because the state's highest court has already declared that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional.

"We are pleased the governor stands with the millions of fair-minded Californians who believe Proposition 8 isn't right for our state," said EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors. "Justice is not served when a slim majority of voters takes away the rights of one group of people and demands that they be treated differently under law. We continue to fight for full equality in California, and will never settle for anything less."

"Proposition 8 defeats the very purpose of our Constitution, which is to protect minorities and to ensure that the law treats everyone equally," Kors continued. "This is the first time the initiative process has been used to revise the constitution in order to eliminate a fundamental right from a specific group of people. That's not what our Constitution is about, and that's not what California is about."

Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.