Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill recognizing gay marriages sanctioned in other states during the nearly five months such unions were legal in California. Schwarzenegger says the action is consistent with a state Supreme Court ruling upholding the marriages of same-sex couples who tied the knot in California before voters approved Proposition 8. Proposition 8 is a constitutional amendment passed in November that limits marriage to a man and a woman. The bill signed by the governor late Sunday also says gay and lesbian couples who were married in other states after Proposition 8's passage have the same rights and benefits that California grants domestic partners.
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SAN FRANCISCO — California's highest court heard arguments Tuesday by same-sex marriage supporters and opponents who agreed on marriage's social significance, but diverged sharply over whether withholding the institution from gay couples violates their civil rights. The state Supreme Court spent more than three hours listening to arguments that depriving gay men and lesbians of the marriage title counts as discrimination — even in a state that grants them the same rights as married couples. Substantial progress is not progress," said Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart, who represented the city in a lawsuit supporting gay marriage rights. It communicates loyalty and intimacy and commitment. Attorneys for the state, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and two groups opposed to gay marriage argued that domestic partnership laws enacted by the California Legislature go far enough in ensuring equal treatment for same-sex couples.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was ushered in as the 38th governor of California in As a member of the Republican party in a primarily Democratic state, as well as a former Mr. Universe and Hollywood action hero, he did not fit the typical mold. In a recent interview, Schwarzenegger reveals how he married two gay couples during his time in offices and championed gay marriage rights.
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America.