Schwarzenegger Orders Stop to Gay Marriages

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Arnold Schwarzenegger waded deeper into the debate over same-sex marriages, directing the state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop San Francisco from granting marriage licenses to gay couples.

Schwarzenegger told a cheering crowd at the state GOP convention that “in San Francisco, the courts are dropping the ball.”

“It’s time for the city to stop traveling down this dangerous path of ignoring the rule of law. That’s my message to San Francisco,” he said Friday night.

Schwarzenegger’s directive to Attorney General Bill Lockyer was prompted in part by a judge’s decision not to impose a temporary restraining order that would have halted San Francisco’s weeklong parade of 3,175 same-sex weddings, said Rob Stutzman, Schwarzenegger’s communications director.

A spokeswoman for Lockyer told the Los Angeles Times that the attorney general’s office planned to seek a judgment soon declaring the city’s action a violation of state law, but said Schwarzenegger had no authority over the elected Democrat.

Peter Ragone, a spokesman for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, scoffed at Schwarzenegger’s directive.

Amazing. California is in danger of becoming a Third World political system. Between the farcical recall procedure they just went through, a mayor openly flouting the law, the courts refusing to enforce the law, and the attorney general and a mayor simply ignoring executive orders, the state is in virtual anarchy.

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  1. Jalal Abu Jarhead says:

    It’s time to start arresting the people who are breaking the law and putting them in jail, at least for a short time (overnight?). Just to make sure they understand that they live under the rule of Law, not the rule of Man.

  2. Jalal Abu Jarhead says:

    Naturally, another thought struck as soon as I hit the Post button: It’s a shame Texas Rangers are limited to Texas. One Ranger would get that situation sorted out in a jiffy.

  3. McGehee says:

    I’d be cautious about that, Jalal. The least little inconveniencing of any of these “newlyweds” would be portrayed as the return of Bull Conner — which may be precisely what some of them have been hoping for.

    To paraphrase Sun Tzu: If your opponent desires you to do something, do not do it — for the very reason that he desires it.

  4. Jalal Abu Jarhead says:

    Never ran into a Texas Ranger, eh McGehee?

    There’s a reason for the saying, “One riot, one Ranger.” They have a way of handling things that us mere mortals can’t really understand, but also in a way that makes us Texans proud.

    And stepping outside my skin and looking from the outside, Texans are pretty big on myths. The uncanny thing is that the whole Texas thing works so well.

    Oh, and finally: Sun Tzu never met a Texan. 😉

  5. As I wrote (in an amazingly non-gimmicky post) earlier, there’s a quick way to rub the BART-Jihad’s noses in their latest ploy… get a conservative judge in LA or Orange County to rapidly issue CCW permits.

    p.s. Meryl’s full of bilious shite. I don’t have to apologize to anyone for my signal-to-gimmick ratio. Skim my site for just the month of February and it stands on its own for original political and satirical content. Yeesh, I’ve had my news leads published over 100 times on the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web. Meryl never TRIED to look at the rest of my site to examine its signal-to-gimmick ratio or she wouldn’t have accused me of linkwhoring.

    p.p.s. And yes, you DO have a Blogopoly gamepiece. See 2/21.

  6. The whole thing is so stupid. I’m in favor of gay marriage, but I’m not in favor of judicial grandstanding. I love the CCW idea, though!–that would put the ultra-liberals in a sticky wicket.