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August 2, 2008

from:  governor@govmail.ca.gov
to:  fishes

date:  Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 9:12 PM
subject:  Re:Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage
mailed-by:  govmail.ca.gov

Thank you for writing to share your thoughts on the California Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.  I appreciate hearing from fellow Californians about the issues that are important to them.

In 2000, voters approved Proposition 22 – also known as the California Defense of Marriage Act – which stated that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.  The California Constitution says that initiatives cannot be amended without another vote of the people, and so I vetoed all recent legislative efforts to amend the marriage laws without another vote of the people or a court decision.  But I have always said that I would abide by the rulings of the state’s highest court.  On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court held that Proposition 22 is unconstitutional.  I respect the Court’s decision, and as I promised before, I will uphold its ruling.

Again, thank you for taking time to write and share your comments.

Sincerely,
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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