Well, you just KNOW I salivated at this story on the California Gay Marriage issue in the LA Weekly!
California GOP:Â The Queer Enablers of Gay Marriage – Patrick Range McDonald & Michael Fleischer
For two weeks [October 1991], queer Angelenos rebelled against a Republican governor [Pete Wilson]Â they believed had double-crossed them. But two months earlier, on July 29, 1991, Wilson made a crucial decision for the historic advancement of gay rights, something no one could have foreseen: He appointed Judge Ronald M. George to the California State Supreme Court. Nearly 17 years later, the moderate Republican jurist would become a national gay hero.
Last Thursday, it was George’s carefully written majority opinion that legalized same-sex marriage in California. By nightfall, at the same West Hollywood intersection where a dummy of Pete Wilson went up in flames, gay activists stood on a stage and publicly lauded the judge as â€œcourageous.â€ Speaker after speaker also praised another Republican, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, for promising to â€œfightâ€ against a November ballot measure that could still outlaw gay marriage in the Golden State.
Powerful Republicans, through happenstance and well-orchestrated public policy, were leading the charge for the legalization and defense of same-sex marriage in California. It was something state Democrats, the seemingly natural allies of the gay-rights movement, could never completely pull off.
You KNOW you want to read the whole thing now, don’t you!Â Â Read it, READ IT!Â 🙂
Bottom line for those popping champagne at the California court decision — in order to be true to reality, you must clink your glasses in honor of two Republican Governors — Wilson and Schwarzenegger.