In the game of politics, it is rarely as simple as being for or against any one issue. Gay rights has proved to be one topic that is more derisive than most, but even some of our most prominent anti-gay or gay rights hostile politicians have, for their own political and personal reasons, taken turns at being gay-friendly. Here are five gay-friendly acts from politicians that might surprise you.
1) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Presided Over Gay Marriages
During Schwarzenegger’s time as California Governor, he earned a reputation as being hostile to gay marriage, though it would be a stretch to label him anti-gay, because he vetoed a same-sex marriage bill in 2005 and again in 2007.
What is interesting is that in a recent interview with CNN, Schwarzenegger spoke about how he in fact presided over two gay marriage ceremonies during his time as Governor, one for his chief of staff Susan Kennedy, and another for a former aid, both of them at the governor’s house.
Here’s what Schwarzenegger said in an un-aired segment posted on the show’s official site:
“I always said that I have nothing against people doing what they want to do. If couple wants to get married, they should get married. I personally always said that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I would never enforce my will on people. I always want people to make that decision. If they want to get married, let them get married.”
“I don’t have to be for gay marriage. I’m for that she gets the kind of wedding and the kind of ceremony that I had when I got married with (sic) Maria (Shriver). That she happens to love a woman, and I am – a guy that loves a woman, that is two different things. It doesn’t make any difference. She should still have her ceremony.”
This might not be that surprising, however. Schwarzenegger was by most standards a moderate and he famously refused to defend California’s Proposition 8 in court, saying he believed it unconstitutional.
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