The Legislature’s action trampled over Proposition 22, an overwhelmingly popular 2000 initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California, said a spokeswoman for the governor.
"We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails the vote," said Margita Thompson, Schwarzenegger’s press secretary. "Out of respect for the will of the people, the governor will veto AB 849."
According to the Associated Press, gay rights advocates accused Schwarzenegger of betraying the bipartisan ideals that helped get him elected:
"Clearly he's pandering to an extreme right wing, which was not how he got elected," said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, one of the bill's sponsors. "He got elected with record numbers of lesbian and gay voters who had not previously voted for a Republican, and he sold us out."
Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said she was not surprised by word of Schwarzenegger's pending veto.
"Any girlie man could have vetoed this legislation," she said.