Thursday, October 07, 2010

It's Time That California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger "Won't Be Back"

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed three gay-friendly bills between 24 and 30 September, according to the Pink Paper Magazine.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed three gay-friendly bills between Sept. 24 and 30 September. can report.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Prisoner Safety Act was designed to prevent violence in the state prison system by requiring the state to adopt national LGBT prisoner safety guidelines.
"Transgender people are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted in prison than non-transgender inmates," said Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center. "The National Prisoner Rape Elimination Commission Standards are well-researched, practical and promising. It is shameful that implementation of these standards has been further delayed."

The bill also would have required the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation not to automatically segregate LGBT inmates and would have protected LGBT inmates from having to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identify to prison officials.

Schwarzenegger's veto message said: "This bill would require the sexual orientation and gender identity of an inmate or ward, among other risk factors, to be considered as part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's inmate and ward classification and housing assignment procedures. ... This measure is unnecessary because CDCR already considers these factors when determining where to house inmates."   More...

I've spent a lot of time in California enjoying the freedom to be who I wanted to be. But in recent years it seems that the Melting Pot of the West may soon become the Smelling pot of the country as the rights of the few are taken away by the the politics of the rich, church-going politicians and their special interest groups who have the money to bring about change as they wish. Proposition 8 has shown that to be the truth. The scary thing is that the state is being run by a Governor who can barely speak English from another country riding on his movie star status. Recent statistics show that people are leaving California in record numbers due to high taxes, the passage of laws that favor the rich and destroy the middle class, thus creating a larger group of poor contributing to the largest debt in California's history. LBGT people and other minorities are suffering at the hands of those who wield their own values with righteous indignation while wallowing in their own sin. It wouldn't surprise me to see a law passed that allows bullying at the elementary and high school levels come to pass with the current frequency of suicides happening across the country. The California of today is not the one I used to enjoy.

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