Senator John McCain the Republican presumptive nominee for President has selected Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate.
Palin is an ardent conservative who will help McCain appeal to the right-wing Christian base while also possibly attracting some disenfranchised Hillary Clinton voters.
Palin has a strong position against equal rights for LGBT people.
She is quoted as saying:
"I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between one man and a woman. I am opposed to any expansion of gambling in Alaska." (Nov 2006)Palin however is more open to homosexuality than other republicans...
"Palin said she's not out to judge anyone and has good friends who are gay, but that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.(Anchorage Daily News)
Elected officials can't defy the court when it comes to how rights are applied, she said, but she would support a ballot question that would deny benefits to homosexual couples.
"I believe that honoring the family structure is that important," Palin said.
She said she doesn't know if people choose to be gay."
The only positive thing Palin has done for LGBT rights was when she vetoed legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to partners of gay state employees. She did so because the court said it was the right to do and she did not want to defy the courts ruling.(Gay)
"She said,"So we may disagree with the foundation there, the rationale behind the ruling, but our responsibility is to proceed forward with the law and abide by the constitution."
NEW INFO: "A 2006 questionnaire completed by Sarah Palin during her race for the Alaska governorship sheds some light on her views of gay rights and other issues.
The questionnaire, sponsored by Eagle Forum Alaska, a conservative group, asked, “Will you support an effort to expand hate crime laws?”
She replied, “No, as I believe all heinous crime is based on hate.”
Palin also answered a question about extending spousal benefits to domestic partners.
The question read, “Do you support the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling that spousal benefits for state employees should be given to same-sex couples? Why or why not?”
She replied, “No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution.”
Another question asked for Palin’s priorities “in relationship to families.”
Her second priority listed was, “Preserving the definition of ‘marriage’ as defined in our constitution.”
The questionnaire also asked whether candidates would support funding for abstinence-until-marriage programs, an issue that hits close to home for Palin, whose 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.
Her response: “Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.” (Sovo)
Sarah Palin is on all accounts a right-wing Christian conservative, and Queers and anyone concerned about the future of this country should be dedicated to her defeat.