Recent news stories have focused on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to reinstate homosexual “marriage” in California, even though a state marriage amendment was approved by more than 7 million of his constituents.
Here’s an FPN flashback from our policy blog detailing Schwarzenegger’s efforts to undermine voters and the constitution he swore to uphold:
Schwarzenegger Violates Oath By Opposing Proposition 8 After Election
(Originally posted on November 8, 2008)
On November 4th, 2008, nearly six million California citizens rejected radical homosexual activism by writing the Biblical definition of marriage into their state’s constitution. They did so by supporting a ballot referendum known as “Proposition 8,” which passed on the same day Barack Obama was elected president.
Before the election, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger publicly opposed Proposition 8, siding with homosexual activists who want to redefine the culture by destroying society’s most important institution.
Now that California voters have chosen to protect traditional marriage, Schwarzenneger is leading a revolt to thwart the will of the people. The former actor-turned-politician gave an interview to CNN on November 9th, urging radical homosexual activists to “never give up” in their fight to force the state to recognize same-sex “marriage” – – even suggesting the state’s high court should strike the new amendment down, according to the Los Angeles Times:
“It’s unfortunate, obviously, but it’s not the end,” Schwarzenegger said in an interview on CNN [Nov. 9th]. “I think that we will again maybe undo [Proposition 8], if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area.”
Schwarzenegger’s work to overturn California’s marriage amendment rejects the will of nearly 6 million voters who visited their polling places to defend God’s design for the family. His action is an affront to those citizens and a violation of his oath of office, which includes a vow to uphold the state constitution.
Here’s what the California Constitution has to say about the legal status of Proposition 8:
An initiative statute or referendum approved by a
majority of votes thereon takes effect the day after the election
unless the measure provides otherwise. -Article II, Section 10(a)
The marriage amendment was victorious, according to the California Secretary of State. Per state law, Proposition 8 is now a part of the California Constitution.
And here’s the constitutional oath of office Governor Schwarzenegger has sworn at both of his inaugurations:
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.” -Article XX, Section 3
Whether Schwarzenegger likes it or not, the Constitution of California now includes the traditional definition for marriage that was defined by Proposition 8. Encouraging homosexual activists to “never give up” and inferring the California Supreme Court should overturn the will of the people deliberately undermines the very constitution the Governor is sworn to uphold.