Schwarzenegger performed two same-sex marriages as governor


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Arnold Schwarzenegger, who opposed a California constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, officiated at the same-sex nuptials of his chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, in the governor’s office, he told CBS News.

Schwarzenegger told interviewer Lesley Stahl that Kennedy’s ceremony was one of two same-sex marriages he performed as governor during a five-month window in 2008 when gay marriage was legal in California.


Schwarzenegger also presided over the marriage of a then-aide and his same-sex partner at the then-governor’s Brentwood home.

The former bodybuilder and Hollywood star said he personally believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. But as governor, he refused to fight for Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment approved by state voters banning same-sex unions.

Schwarzenegger made his comments during an interview with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl. The comments were not part of Stahl’s interview with the former governor that ran on ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday, but they were posted on the ’60 Minutes’ website.


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