California Gay Marriage

By: AP
By: AP

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has followed through on his promise to veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in his state.

The Republican governor says the bill "simply adds confusion to a constitutional issue" which, he says, should be decided by voters or the courts.

Schwarzenegger had announced his intent to veto on September seventh, a day after the Legislature became the first in the country to approve a bill allowing gays and lesbians to wed.

Schwarzenegger said the bill contradicted Proposition 22, which was approved by voters in 2000 and said only marriages between a man and woman are valid.

A spokesman for a gay rights group that supported the bill said he's "extremely disappointed" by the veto. He says Schwarzenegger
has merely delayed the day when gay marriage is legal.

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