Posted by: tazlmo | October 22, 2008

Sarah Palin supports Federal Ban of Same-Sex Marriage

Today I discovered one more reason to dislike Sarah Palin.  Yes, I knew she was an anti-feminist, arch conservative race baiter, and purveyor of false rhetoric.  I knew she enjoyed shooting defenseless animals from a helicopter, and called Global Warming an exaggeration.  I was aware she practices an extreme form of scary religion that employs priests to drive out witchcraft and evil spirits, and I knew she supported an amendment to the Alaska Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.


Today I learned that Palin supports a Federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage nationally. This stand is even more extreme than McCain who has always suggested such issues should be left up to individual states.  During an October 20th interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network “Sarah Palin signaled her support for a constitutional ban on gay marriage,” this is a position that John McCain strongly condemns and once described as “antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans.” 


This latest policy stance issued by Palin further consolidates her position as a conservative spokesperson for the religious right, but it also continues a trend where Palin speaks her mind, even when her policies clash with McCain’s.  We saw this during the Katy Couric interview when Palin supported invading Pakistan to fight terrorism, a policy somewhat in line with Obama, but one that is diametrically opposed by McCain.   We also see it when Palin talks about banning abortion for women who are victims of rape and incest, a position McCain rejects. Palin also disagrees with McCain when it comes to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and on the issue of global warming.


We can take some degree of comfort in knowing that McCain supports a state’s right to choose same-sex marriage, but that comfort fades when we realize that McCain, a man in his 70s with a history of cancer, might not make it through his first term.  The world should shake in terror over the thought of an ideologue like Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval office deciding policy on issues of conservation, global warming, abortion, the rights of small animals to be safe from helicopters, and the rights of human beings to marry those they love.




Sources: CBS News, Palin Breaks With McCain On Gay Marriage Ban, Scott Conroy, Oct. 21, 2008. The Seattle Times, Palin supports ban on gay marriage, Campaign Notebook, October 21, 2008.  ABC 26 WGNO, Sarah Palin: Gay-marriage federal ban, Mark Silva, October 20, 2008. The Huffington Post, Sarah Palin Supported Aerial Hunting, Arthur Allen   September 11, 2008. NARAL, Pro-Choice America, McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate, August 29, 2008. ABC News, Palin: Global Warming Not Man-Made, August 29, 2008.















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