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So, Where DOES Sarah Palin Stand On Gay Rights?

by David Badash on January 5, 2011

in Civil Rights,Politics

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Sarah Palin is the spark in the media’s tinder. A word, a wink, hell, even a nod can send the media into an all-out frenzy for days. It’s no wonder Palin herself calls them the “lamestream media” — they fall for her lameness almost daily.

Take this ludicrous exercise in journalistic malpractice.

Monday night, the former Republican Vice Presidential candidate, former Governor, former chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, former Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, former “Miss Congeniality,” former sportscaster, former head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Sarah Palin retweeted lesbian conservative commentator Tammy Bruce’s tweet about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Bruce had tweeted, “But this hypocrisy is just truly too much. Enuf already–the more someone complains about the homos the more we should look under their bed.”

Immediately, the media was all over this. Gawker, unsurprisingly, was the first, asking, “Did Sarah Palin Just Tweet Her Position on ‘Homos’?” Soon came CNN, Huffington Post, ABC, and so on, all the way into Wednesday, when the Washington Post dipped their toes into the Palin pool of myopia.

All asked, “what does this mean?” None — and I mean, none — bothered to do any research on Palin’s stance on gay rights. I did, as I have since Palin hit the national stage two and a half years ago.

Tuesday morning I threw together a few comments I found of Palin’s to prove she was anti-gay.

Now, I offer you an even more complete list of Sarah Palin’s positions on gay rights.

Suffice it to say, she’s not in our corner. Palin, whose unfavorables are at an all-time high, does NOT support the LGBTQ community, at all, in any shape, whatsoever. Those, like Tammy Bruce, who post-retweet tried to reconfigure Palin’s stance, should be ashamed of themselves. Bruce, especially, who, after the retweet heard ’round the world, wrote that Palin “is not a Culture Warrior, however. She is, which should be apparent by her Facebook postings and opinion pieces, a Policy Wonk. She is also, which is clearly evident, a charismatic leader who remains grounded by her character, faith and family.”

(Oh course, we all know millions of “policy wonks” who use Facebook as their main platform, right?)

Bruce continues, saying, “Some have suggested this ‘completely changes the 2012 election.’ Not really–perhaps for some who believed the LSM and Gay Gestapo lie that Sarah Palin was somehow a bigot or homophobe, I hope this does cause some to take a second look at Palin, away from the left’s predictable “She’s a Hater!!” meme.”

Well, Ms. Bruce, Palin is a hater. You may not see it, since your eyes are squarely focused on Sarah Palin’s coattails, but the rest of us in the reality-based world do.

So, here you go. Sarah Palin’s positions on gay rights:

Sarah Palin is against same-sex marriage:

  • Palin has said, “I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between and man and a woman.” (Campaign website, www.palinforgovernor.com, “Issues” Nov 7, 2006)
  • “Ms. Palin said she supported Alaska’s decision to amend its Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. But she used her first veto as governor to block a bill that would have prohibited the state from granting health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees.” (New York Times)
  • “Here’s what Sarah Palin has to say about same-sex marriage. Palin said she’s not out to judge anyone and has good friends who are gay, but that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.” “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.” (Anchorage Daily News, via OnTheIssues)

Sarah Palin is against spousal benefits for same-sex couples:

Q: Do you support the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling that spousal benefits for state employees should be given to same-sex couples?

A: No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution.

Q: In relationship to families, what are your top three priorities if elected governor?

A: 1. Creating an atmosphere where parents feel welcome to choose the venues of education for their children.
2. Preserving the definition of “marriage” as defined in our constitution.
3. Cracking down on the things that harm family life: gangs, drug use, and infringement of our liberties including attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights. (Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire Jul 31, 2006)

Sarah Palin is on the record against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal:

For the record, Palin came out last year against repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” although she suggested her first concern about repeal was the timing — “I don’t think so right now… And I say that because there are other things to be worried about right now with the military. I think that kind of on the back burner, is sufficient for now.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Palin is not on the record as for or against ENDA, but given all her other positions, I would bet she’s against that, too.

Bottom line, Sarah Palin is not the blank slate the media assumes. She’s made her positions very clear. She is anti-gay, and is on the record as being so. Hear that, Tammy Bruce?

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{ 2 comments }

SamKestu January 6, 2011 at 12:59 am

Bruce Wilson, Bill Berkowitz and Rachel Tabachnick of Talk 2 Action and other blogs have been writing about Sarah Palin's connections to something called the "New Apostolic Reformation." This is an intense evangelical and Dominionist movement.

The "New Apostolic Reformation" movement is strongly anti LGBT.

Sarah Palin is a part of the "New Apostolic Reformation." Here is an article by Bill Berkowitz that links Sarah Palin to NAR and shows the intense homophobia involved. (NAR groups are involved in the Uganda Bahati "kill gays" bill.) You can read Bill's article, "Heads Up: Prayer Warriors and Sarah Palin Are Organizing Spiritual Warfare to Take Over America," at http://tinyurl.com/yhzgnms

Kevin May 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I was wondering about this topic with Palin but now that I know???,,,,I'm very proud of her!!!! It's the right stand as family is designed by God and He planned for a child to have a father and a mother. What God designs will never fail. It's just selfish, ignorant, and crazy people who screw things up! No matter what some people may say, Jesus' Word in the end,,,will be the end. I wouldn't want to take the chance and risk my eternal life,,,,,,,whether you believe or not, doesn't erase the fact that this will definately happen.

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