Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Sunday, "we will … maybe undo" Proposition 8 — the measure apparently passed by voters Tuesday stripping same-sex couples of the right to marry.
The proposition would amend the state constitution to say that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." A July decision by the state Supreme Court said that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage violated the state constitution.
In an interview Sunday on CNN, Schwarzenegger said the state Supreme Court might overturn Proposition 8 and that it is unlikely the proposition will have any effect on the estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages already recorded in California.
Schwarzenegger told CNN that the passage of the proposition is "unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end, because I think this will go back into the courts. It will go back into the state supreme court … The supreme court in California has very clearly declared this as unconstitutional. It's the same as in the 1948 case when blacks and whites were not allowed to marry. This falls into the same category."
"I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area," he said.
He also told backers of same-sex marriage they "should never give up."
"They should be on it and on it until they get it done," he said.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the comments seem to represent a change in the governor's thinking. In the past he has said he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, but he has also said the matter should be decided by voters or the courts and he opposed Proposition 8.