The right call

It's interesting to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in action -- he seems to be quite strongly, though quietly, for gay marriage:
"The Administration believes the public interest is best served by permitting the court's judgment to go into effect, thereby restoring the right of same-sex couples to marry in California," the Republican governor's lawyers said on his behalf. "Doing so is consistent with California's long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect."
He has, of course, twice vetoed legislation that would have allowed for gay marriage -- which legislation would have been a much better way of going about instituting gay marriage legalization. Is it political cowardice that leads him to stand for the decision now that someone else has made it? Or is it sudden conviction? Which way are the political winds blowing in California?