Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Office of the Governor
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
I have heard that you are planning to veto Assembly Bill 849, which makes marriage gender neutral, thus allowing same sex couples the same civil right to enter the civil contract that is marriage. I am truly disappointed that you would make this decision for several reasons.
First and foremost, I support AB 849 because civil marriage should be the right of all citizens of this state. I am a married woman and I do not understand how gay marriage would undermine the strong bond between my husband and me.
Secondly, I believe in separation of church and state. No religion should be allowed to dictate who can enter into the civil contract of marriage. Individual religious groups can decide who can be married in their church; that is their right to worship as they choose. I myself am a Christian woman who believes that all loving bonds should be honored – my church however does not at this time officially agree with me. Once again, that it is within my synod’s right to control which marriages it sanctions. But neither my church nor any other should be allowed to control who can be married in a civil ceremony. In my view, current California marriage law grievously violates the U.S. Constitution by allowing religious control of state law and by violating the civil rights of its citizens.
Thirdly, I am personally disappointed in you, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, for blatantly lying to the public on the Tonight Show last year. You said you did not support the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco because it violated state law. When Jay asked you if you would support same-sex marriage if the law changed, you said yes. Here’s the chance to change that law, duly passed by representatives of the people of California, and you, one man, are going to stop it through your veto. I guess there’s no such thing as an honest politician.
I beg you to reconsider your decision. I look at the devoted same-sex couples who are my friends and I can’t understand why you want to deny them the same right I had to marry the man I love. There is no way their love threatens my marriage of 10 years. On the contrary, seeing two people in love commit to a life together only makes us feel even closer to each other.
Thank you for your attention,
Christina M. O’Halloran