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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Judicial Activism OK by Arnie 

Calif. Lawmakers Pass Gay Marriage Bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Legislature on Tuesday became the first legislative body in the country to approve a bill allowing same-sex marriages, but the measure faces an uncertain future with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

There were loud cheers by gay-rights activists in the Assembly gallery as lawmakers voted 41-35 to approve the bill and send it to the governor. The Assembly had twice defeated similar legislation.

A spokeswoman for the Republican governor said Schwarzenegger believes the issue should be decided by the courts, not by his signature on legislation. A state appellate court is considering appeals of a lower court ruling that overturned California laws banning recognition of gay marriages.

"He will uphold whatever the court decides," Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said.
Wait one minute. I'm confused. So who do Republicans think should decide these things? Wouldn't this be "judicial activism?" Or is "judicial activism" okay when it means a political CYA?

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