Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –
I received an unsigned letter from your Office of Constituent Affairs dated July 23, 2007, thanking me for my letter regarding AB 43. The letter states “Governor Schwarzenegger does not generally take a position on legislation until a bill has reached his desk.”
On February 16 you told a YMCA Youth and Government conference “I wouldn’t sign [AB 43] because the people of California have voted on that issue.”
In a March 13 article in The San Jose Mercury News (“Schwarzenegger’s Support for Gay Rights Only Goes So Far”) your communications director, Adam Mendelsohn, presented a very sophisticated explanation of your position on AB 43, along with a promise that you would veto it.
The National Association of Evangelicals of Northern California (“NAENORCAL”) writes “This is a great victory for evangelicals. Thank you for writing the governor and asking for a veto. Apparently this bill is now dead on arrival!”
What I want to know is why you seem to read and act on letters from NAENORCAL and other Opponents of Equality, yet toss me and my family off with a form letter featuring what seems like a lie?
You have a unique platform to lead on this issue, and – like me – the people of California deserve more than lip service on this issue.