Birthplace: Thal bei Graz, Steiermark, Austria
Claim To Fame: actor, legendary bodybuilder and Governor of California
Why He's Person of the Week: for keeping his promise and vetoing yet another attempt by liberals to get a gay marriage bill passed in California. The Governor turned down a measure by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, that would have lifted the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Leno tried the same stunt in 2005 despite the fact that California voters, via Proposition 22, have long made it clear that they don't want same-sex marriage.
Schwarzenegger announced back in February that he would veto this year's version if it reached his desk and said last month that he would keep turning down such bills as long as lawmakers kept sending them to him. “It would be wrong for the people to vote for something and for me to then overturn it,” Schwarzenegger said in September, referring to voters' approval of Proposition 22 in 2000. “So they can send this bill down as many times as they want, I won't do it.”
Proposition 22 was intended to prevent California from recognizing gay marriages performed in other states or countries. Props to Governor Schwarzenegger for doing what's right and keeping his word, something pretty rare for a politician.