Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on September 13, 2010
California – Did you know that if the Governor is out of state, the Lt. Governor has full Gubernatorial powers? Well the sleazemouths do. Gov Schwarzenegger has refused to continue defending Prop 8, but with him being in China this week the homophobes are pushing anti-gay Lt. Gov Abel Maldonado to file an appeal of Walker’s ruling.
Serious questions have been raised as to whether the bigots have legal standing to appeal the Prop 8 ruling without the Governor and Attorney General signing on to their case, but if the homophobes can convince the Lt. Governor to do it while Schwarzenegger is away they may have a chance. This could actually work unfortunately..
A group of conservative leaders led by former attorney general candidate John Eastman have asked to meet with Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado to discuss his support of an appeal in a federal court suit regarding Proposition 8. While the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled a December hearing of a lower court’s decision overturning the voter approved initiative, there is some question whether the proponents of the measure have standing to argue the case before the court. The Attorney General and the Governor clearly have authority to file the appeal. But, both Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger have refused to do so based on their personal opposition to Proposition 8. But Abel Maldonado is a supporter of Proposition 8 and hopefully more willing to honor the obligations of his office than the current Attorney General has been” says Eastman. “Importantly, while the Governor is traveling outside of the State, all of the rights and responsibilities of the office of Governor rest with Mr. Maldonado.”