Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he married two gay couples as governor.

The 65-year-old Schwarzenegger, a Republican, made the revelation during a wide-ranging interview with 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl broadcast on Sunday.

“Are you for gay marriage?” Stahl asked.

“I always said that I have nothing against people doing what they want to do,” Schwarzenegger answered. “If a couple wants to get married, they should get married. I personally always said that marriage is between a man and a woman but I would never force my will on people. I always want people to make their decision.”

Expanding on the question, Stahl asked if Schwarzenegger had attended the wedding of his chief of staff, Susan Kennedy.

“I performed the wedding in the office,” he answered, leaving Stahl a speechless for a moment.

“I don't have to be for gay marriage. I'm for that she [Kennedy] gets the kind of wedding and the kind of ceremony that I had when I got married with Maria [Shriver],” he said.

Schwarzenegger added he also married a second gay staffer.

As governor, Schwarzenegger twice vetoed legislation which would have legalized such unions.