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5 Surprisingly Gay-Friendly Acts by Hostile Politicians

5 Surprisingly Gay-Friendly Acts by Hostile Politicians
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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.”

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“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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11:55AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

A surprising read and eye opening. Where do these politicians really stand? With their parties or do they actually have opinions of their own that they could be exercising and utilizing to bring about tolerance, acceptance, awareness and more.

11:38AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

wow

9:00AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thank You

2:43PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

thanks

8:20AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

I don't think Arnold was ever gay-unfriendly. I remcalled reading he took part in gay orgies as a bodybuilder, so I did a google search with his name and the words gay and bodybuilder. Here's an exerpt from the first article that came up:

Revealing that his parents both believed he might be gay because his bedroom walls were covered with posters of scantily clad body builders, Austria-born Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled during a 60 Minutes appearance the two tried to cure him in their own ways.

Speaking of his father Gustav, who was the local police chief, Arnold Schwarzenegger said "he ran after me with a belt and beat me." His mother, Aurelia, thankfully took a softer approach, though she still had it in her head something was "wrong" with her son and she could find a way to "cure" him.






2:23AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

I know that the law of the land is built on the Constitution. But Americans also revere the Declaration of Independence, and it embodies the basis of independence from Britain. The second sentence reads:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

What is so hard to understand? It does not say
- except Blacks;
- except Muslims;
- except women;
- except gays;
- except . . . etc.

It says ALL men are created equal, ... that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

The times have changed, but the values have not!

2:14AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Politics makes strange bed fellows.

10:43AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thanks.

7:13AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

politicians' opinions seem to change with the prevailing winds.

11:37PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

"Mitt Romney once wanted to be an aggressive Gay Rights advocate."

Mitt has been aggressively anything he thought would get him what he wanted. Liberal, moderate, conservative, the right of John Birch... pro life, choice, medical fairness anti life, choice medical fairness.

You name it, he's been for it, against it but he never said that what ever it was.

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