Arnold cited “respect for the will of the people,” as expressed in the March 2000 ballot measure known as Proposition 22 (”only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”), as the reason for his planned veto. I was a USC freshman in March 2000, and of course, I strongly opposed Prop. 22 (a.k.a. the “Knight Initiative”). In fact, I switched my voter registration from Connecticut to California in large part because I wanted the chance to vote against it! I even attended an anti-Prop. 22 rally. But alas, the initiative passed by a 2-to-1 margin, and now, more than five years later, that fact is coming back to bite us in the ass.
I feel like I should get a bumper sticker that says, “Don’t blame me, I voted No on Knight!” or something.