Today’s letter – AIDS Walk

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

Today was the annual Los Angeles AIDS Walk. Hundreds of thousands of people united to both look for a cure and to provide support for those afflicted.

Every year the number of celebrities and politicians who endorse the event grows larger, and the number of protesters dwindles. APLA raised a record $4M from fair-minded and generous Californians. It is amazing to see what can happen when we are united, not divided.

I believe that one simple and effective way to fight AIDS is to encourage committed couples to make the commitment of marriage. Nothing encourages monogamy and responsibility like marriage, and those principles form the cornerstone of our social attack on AIDS. But it doesn’t work when people are blocked from marriage!

You have been an obstacle to same-sex marriage for a long time, including your recent refusal to sign AB 43, but it’s not too late for you to end at least one division that is distracting us from fighting AIDS. I wish you would support the freedom to marry for all Californians, and maybe someday you will be able to walk with us instead of against us.

Yours,

Today’s letter – Don’t Cross Dumbledore

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

True love comes in many forms. Even the beloved Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, once found true love according to his creator, J.K. Rowling.

To an audience at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Rowling explained that Dumbledore was smitten by fellow wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who turned out to be a bad wizard. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings, adding that Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down.” Dumbledore’s love, she observed, was his “great tragedy.”

Clearly true love crosses wizard-muggle and straight-gay boundaries with ease. That’s why I wish you would get out of the way of true love. It’s too late for you to sign AB 43, but I wish you would support the freedom to marry for me and all Californians.

Yours,

Today’s letter – mail bag: “marriage doesn’t make love”

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I’m somebody who believes in old-fashioned letters, and the old-fashioned concept that people living together should be married. So today I want to share my response to a YouTuber who read (or rather watched) my July 27 letter to you about upgrading Domestic Partnerships to Marriage.

Dear SIGNAB43:

Its IMPOSSIBLE to love someone FOREVER! sooner or later your love for someone will deminish, its only after your love deminishes where true love can be formed. True love is sometihng like “no matter what happens, i will always love you” kinda like a mother and her kids. Its only after you lose your love for someone, then you can create true love. that will be the ultimate test

JUKIO01

Dear JUKIO01

Well, my “partner” and I have been together for ten years three months (yesterday). We liked and loved each other when we met, and we still like and love each other now. We had two kids through surrogacy in March. We made a commitment to each other and to God to stick together through the rough spots, and it worked to make our love even stronger. We did that without “marriage.” So all these hateful laws are not even effective – only hurtful, not just to us, but to the whole idea of “marriage.” Like you said, it’s true love that makes a family. We passed that test – can we get married now?

SIGNAB43

So, Governor, the kids are asking “why marriage.” Your veto of AB 43 combined with our example of true love out of wedlock shows the unfortunate side-effect of “defending marriage” by excluding people: like postal mail in the age of computers, if it is not necessary, it will go away. That would make traditionalists like me really sad.

I wish you had signed AB 43, but it’s not too late to save marriage by supporting the freedom to marry.

Yours,

Today’s letter – an opportunity to unite, squandered

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

Thank you for signing seven LGBT bills into law this session, but I wish you had also signed AB 43 to stop discrimination once and for all.

Signing AB 43 would have sent a clear message to the Opponents of Equality that no one group is more worthy of marriage than another, and all good citizens play by the same rules. A veto lets the Opponents of Equality continue to use access to marriage as a weapon to demoralize LGBT citizens.

Your choice to veto AB 43 simply divides us by our beliefs about discrimination, rather than uniting us with our beliefs about freedom.

Yours,

Today’s letter – Focus on the Family lies

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

Focus on the Family lied, and you swallowed the Kool Aide. Citizenlink.com, the activation network of Focus on the Family, repeatedly refers to Proposition 22 as a “Constitutional Amendment,” such as in this article by their Associate Editor, Jennifer Mesko:

One of the bills, AB 43, is another attempt to force same-sex “marriage” onto the residents of California. In 2000, 62 percent of voters passed a constitutional amendment that states, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

That you signed seven LGBT-positive bills this session has poor Dr. Dobson in a thither, which is nice, but all those calls you got in support of your veto were based on misinformation – that Proposition 22 was a Constitutional Amendment.

What changes this from “shame on him” to “shame on you” is that your office did nothing to correct that misinformation, choosing to use it instead as a smoke-screen for vetoing AB 43 and my relationship.

Not everybody knows the gritty details of how Proposition 22 and AB 43 pass in the dark, but you do. You could have explained that Prop 22 covers 308.5 of the Family Code dealing with foreign marriages while AB 43 restores Sections 300 and 302 to their pre-1977 traditional language, “marriage is between two persons.” But you choose to ride the Focus on the Family Wrongmobile instead.

Depriving me and my family from making the commitment of marriage is wrong, but using convenient misinformation to deny basic freedom is perhaps worse.

Yours truly,

Today’s letter – your coworker is apparently untrustworthy

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

As you know, your Chief of Staff, Susan Kennedy, is a wonderful person, as well as an out and proud Lesbian. When you vetoed AB 43, you sent a clear and loud message that you don’t think her relationships are as important as yours, and that she should continue to be prevented from marrying even though everybody else can.

You should fire her. I’m sure you can deal with the awkward nature of working with somebody for whom you have demonstrated such open and vile contempt, but how can you trust her with state business if you can’t trust her with the choice to marry?

I really don’t know anything about the conversations you two have had, but I really don’t see any way you could know her as a person and still deprive her of the same freedom to marry that you and everybody else has. You might as well throw her and her family under the bus like you did mine.

Yours,

Today’s letter – we thought you were different

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

We thought you were pro-business…

…But you vetoed a bill that would have brought our state $16 Billion of that.

We thought you were pro-religion…

…But then you vetoed a bill that would have let my church perform marriages that it believes in.

We thought you were pro-taxpayer…

…But you vetoed a bill that would have saved us $25 Million a year.

We thought you were pro-family…

…But then you vetoed mine.

We elected you to be different…You proved us wrong.

Yours, unfortunately,

Today’s letter – Most straights support gays

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I am disappointed that you chose to veto AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, but I am not alone.

According to a new Harris Poll, seven out of 10 people said that in the face of verbal attacks they have spoken out for LGBT people.

When the 2,200 respondents were asked why, 6% said their religion forbade them, but 14% said that their religion demanded they speak out for lesbian and gay people under attack.

I am sad that you are one of the 30% that lack the integrity to do what is right. Your veto of AB 43 was not just a slap it my face, it was a kick in the belly of all the people that you are supposed to represent.

Apparently yours,

Message from The Governor

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 43 without my signature.

As I stated in vetoing similar legislation in 2005, I am proud California is a leader in recognizing and respecting domestic partnerships. I believe that all Californians are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation. I support current domestic partnership rights and will continue to vigorously defend and enforce these rights.

In 2000, the voters approved Proposition 22, a challenge to which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. I maintain my position that the appropriate resolution to this issue is to allow the Court to rule on Proposition 22. The people of California should then determine what, if any, statutory changes are needed in response to the Court’s ruling.

Sincerely,

Arnold Schwarzenegger