Arnold Schwarzenegger on Civil Rights
Republican CA Governor
Ben Weider was very open about what he and many in the industry felt was the reason. "It was Arnold who finally helped us overcome the gay thing," he said. "That's how my brother used him and it worked beautifully. Straight guys started buying our products and we never looked back."
It is not difficult to figure out why some gay men would be drawn to the spectacular bodybuilders. Physique magazines were arguably the most openly--and self-affirmingly--gay male publications available to a wide American audience. Many gay Americans, in fact, first discovered their sexuality by looking at these magazines
The issue grew more intense, but Bush's rhetoric did not. In Feb. 2004, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom poured gallons of gasoline on the controversy by issuing city marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This was too much for the governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ordered the state attorney general to "take immediate steps to obtain a definitive judicial resolution of this controversy." By May 2004, Missouri had become the first of 12 states in 2004 to qualify a ballot initiative in defense of traditional marriage. All twelve measures in defense of traditional marriage passed, with support ranging from 57% to 86%.
Bay Area Reporter analysis: The Civil Rights Act of 2005 adds sexual orientation, gender, and marital status to the Unruh Act, explicitly strengthening nondiscrimination protections to clarify that businesses that provide services, goods or accommodations to the public cannot discriminate against LGBT people.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 22-16-2 on Aug/22/05; Passed Assembly 48-29-2 on Aug/29/05; Signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sep/29/05
SCHWARZENEGGER: We’re talking about health care, and you’re talking about driver’s licenses.
HUFFINGTON: But they are connected because parents drive their children.
SCHWARZENEGGER: I am against the driver’s license because it is without any background check and without any fingerprints or anything. Therefore, it is dangerous for the security of California. Davis came out a year ago and has made it clear and has said, we cannot do that because it is endangering us, it is a security problem.
The California Gambling Control Commission should be completely independent of any perceived control of the very interests it is supposed to regulate. This is yet another example of Davis putting his own political interest ahead of the public interest. I oppose this decision and I call upon Governor Davis to immediately reconsider and reverse it.
“I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman,” he said, a misstatement in a rush to keep up with the staccato-like delivery of the questions [implying that marriage should only be between a man and a woman].
H.R. 914/S. 872 the ADA Notification Act.
Republican Main Street Partnership Congressman Mark Foley (FL) introduced this legislation to protect the Americans with Disabilities Act from a growing number of lawyers who are generating huge sums in legal fees for pointing out accessibility violations by business when often simple fixes would bring properties into compliance with the ADA's accessibility standards. This variety of litigation abuse stems from the lack of any notification provision in the ADA. RMSP supports a 90-day delay between notification of an alleged accessibility violation and any legal proceedings. This notification will allow honest business owners to become ADA compliant without added legal expense while freeing up the courts to pursue legal action against bad players.
H.R. 2341/S. 1712 Class Action Fairness Act.
Class Action suits, most often claiming product defects, have increasingly become fertile ground for unscrupulous trial attorneys. Using jurisdictional loopholes, trial lawyers are suing for enormous sums with little or no payout to injured parties. Multi-million dollar interstate lawsuits filed on behalf of irrelevant plaintiffs, often unaware that a claim has been filed, are filed in state courts. This increases the volume of claims filed, and leads to multiple, expensive, settlements. H.R. 2341, supported by Republican Main Street Partnership Reps. Judy Biggert (IL), Tom Davis (VA), Porter Goss (FL), Melissa Hart (PA), George Nethercutt (WA), and Rob Simmons (CT), eases the burden of addressing interstate claims in federal court. At the federal level, courts have greater resources and uniform rules. This provides a more appropriate venue for such cases and protects legitimate claimants ability to recover losses.
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