Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another Score for the Sanctity of Marriage...

As the media has reported ad infinitum, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced their separation after 25 years of marriage last week. Earlier this week, Schwarzenegger publicly acknowledged that he had fathered a child with a long-time household staffer, Mildred Baena, who had worked for the family for 20 years.

Schwarzenegger has had a history of acting inappropriately toward women; in fact, during his initial campaign for governor, a number of allegations (entitled "Gropegate") were raised by women who claimed to have been victims of his sexual misconduct.

The wheel of infidelity among relationships and marriages in the entertainment field and the political world seems to spin quite frequently. However, what angers me in this case is that twice during his term as governor, Schwarzenegger voted against bills that would have permitted same-sex marriage in California, citing the often-held belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman, and that same-sex marriages "could harm the sanctity of traditional marriage."

Clearly, Schwarzenegger had no issue with harming his own marriage, but he—and countless other politicians—should no longer be able to dictate who we are able to love and marry. Same-sex marriage isn't what is harming so-called traditional marriage; lies and infidelity are.

Comic Fortune Feimster said it best when she spotlighted Schwarzenegger's history of vetoing bills that would have supported same-sex marriages. "Good thing Arnold Schwarzenegger has been upholding the sanctity of marriage since apparently us gay folks don't know how to," Feimster tweeted.

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