California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Has Given Up Too Soon!

IMG_1542I like this guy Arnold Schwarzenegger, once the world’s leading bodybuilder who went on to become one of the biggest stars of Hollywood, and then California governor. “The Austrian Oak” really deserves the world’s accolades. He has the build, the strength and the natural charisma to make it in the limelight. His first role in Conan The Barbarian in 1982 suddenly made him a movie star. And I never missed any of his big hits: The Terminator (1984); Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991); and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). I would pause for a while, or postpone what I am doing if I see him on HBO; or I would rent Schwarzenegger VCDs. These films alone made him one of the highest paid movie stars, his fame guaranteeing him a place in the industry’s Hall of Fame. When he ran for governor of California in 2003, and won the recall replacing Gray Davis as governor, I in this little corner of the world cheered him on. When he was re-elected to a second term in 2006, I said to myself Californians really need Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He could run for the White House, except that the U.S. Constitution bars him from running because he was born outside the United States.

The recent news reports say that the California Supreme Court has finally granted gays and lesbians the right to be wedded to each other (they call this same-sex marriage), which in effect legalizes their sinful lifestyle, and the most recent one says that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger respects the court’s decision and “will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling.” And I say, “What’s happening to you guys?”

California’s Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had twice vetoed the legislation that would have legalized the relationships of same-sex couples. For years gays and those who promote gay lifestyles have been looking for a law that prohibit such lifestyles, but that law is in the Book that contains the will of Him to whom everyone of us, gays and non-gays, are answerable. God in his Holy Scriptures condemns homosexuality, lesbianism included, but guarantees a place in heaven for gays and lesbians and homosexuals who change their lifestyles.  I rejoiced in the fact that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had done what he should, vetoing the legislation. I also was glad knowing that conservative Californians have been working together to enshrine the law that will bar same-sex couples from contracting marriage.

But now Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given up the fight. Too soon.

On Thursday, the “Republican-dominated” California Supreme Court scooped up and removed whatever hinders same-sex marriage—decades of tradition and biblical pronouncements— saying that “there was no legally justifiable reason why the state should withhold the institution of marriage because of a couple’s sexual orientation,” so says Yahoo! News. “The 4-3 opinion written by Chief Justice Ronald George said domestic partnerships that provide many of the rights and benefits of matrimony are not enough.” The decision that Judge George wrote for the majority delighted the gay rights activists. Same-sex couples across the state are now making plans to tie the knot. No less than TV celebrity Ellen DeGeneres has made known her desire to marry her lady consort.

The California Supreme Court, which is supposed to be the bulwark of morality and righteousness, is a disappointment. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger too is a disappointment.

Since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided it is now the end of the road for him, may be Christians and other conservative religious groups in California who are opposed to this law should “redouble their efforts to make sure wedding bells never ring for gay couples in the nation’s most populous state,” to borrow the language of Yahoo! News.

The remedy, they say, is a constitutional amendment.  A conservative group said it would petition the California’s Supreme Court to postpone its decision until after election in the fall. Voters will likely have a chance to propose an amendment to the State’s constitution barring same-sex couples from contracting marriage.

In 1999, California Legislature enacted the first of a series of laws awarding spousal rights to domestic partners. In the year 2000, state voters approved with a vote of 61 per cent Proposition 22 which strengthens California’s 1978 one-man, one-woman marriage law. That proposition says: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Yahoo! News says that California “Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday struck down both statutes.”

As of this writing, “26 states [in the US] have approved constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage,” says Yahoo! News. New York, Maryland and Washington have refused to allow same-sex marriage. New Jersey’s highest court has allowed the state legislature “the option of establishing civil unions as an alternative.” Massachusetts has allowed same-sex marriage since 2004. Now California may follow suit unless something is done to amend its constitution.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given up too soon. So it is now in the hands of the brave conservative Californians, the bulwark of morality in the state, to keep on this awareness crusade to teach men and women everywhere not to trifle with the law that is higher than all other laws. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers, will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).


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