While I’d like to say “bully for him,” performing two weddings for gay staff in his governor’s office, there’s more than a bit of a hypocrisy here as the man twice vetoed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in California.
And to add insult to injury, Schwarzenegger says that just because he agreed to perform the weddings, and did, doesn’t mean he’s for gay marriage. Uh huh.
Channeling our inner Mitt the Flipper, are we?
Schwarzenegger: I always said that I have nothing against people doing what they want to do. If they– if the– a 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.
Stahl: You had a chief of staff– Susan Kennedy.
Schwarzenegger: Uh-huh (AFFIRM).
Stahl: You– even called her I think– this is a quote, “A cigar smoking lesbian,” you once said. And she got married. Did you go to the wedding?
Schwarzenegger: I performed the wedding in the office.
Stahl: You married–
Schwarzenegger: I married her in the office– in the governor’s office.
Stahl: Then you must be for gay marriage.
Schwarzenegger: 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 Maria. 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.
Stahl: Did you marry any other gay couples?
Schwarzenegger: Yes, one other assistant that worked for me. I married them right here in this office.