Schwarzenegger on Prop 8, Obama on Domestic Partners Benefits
As this week marked the bittersweet one-year anniversary of legal gay marriage in California, two political leaders made big moves in the advancement of gay rights.
In California, Governor Schwarzenegger on Tuesday decided not to defend the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, in a federal court case. Disappointing traditional marriage advocates, he said it will be up to the courts to decide because the case "presents important constitutional questions that require and warrant judicial determination."
The suit, which could possibly hit the U.S. Supreme Court, states that “this unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them the basic liberties and equal protection under the law that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution." Representing gay couples are former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, former rivals in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case.