Statement by Gubernatorial Press Secretary

EMOTION: Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), author of the legislation, rests his head on the shoulder of Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) seconds after the measure passed. Leno and gay and civil rights activists heavily lobbied wavering Democrats.
(Robert Durell / LAT)

Gubernatorial Press Secretary Margita Thompson today issued the following statement regarding AB 849:

“In Governor Schwarzenegger’s personal life and work in public service, he has considered no undertaking to be more noble than the cause of civil rights. He believes that gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationship. He is proud that California provides the most rigorous protections in the nation for domestic partners.

“Five years ago the matter of same-sex marriage was placed before the people of California. The people voted and the issue is now before the courts. The Governor believes the matter should be determined not by legislative action — which would be unconstitutional — but by court decision or another vote of the people of our state. We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote. Out of respect for the will of the people, the Governor will veto AB 849.”