The Internet is gaga today over Sarah Palin’s retweet of lesbain conservative commentator Tammy Bruce’s tweet, “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.” From CNN to Huffington Post to Gawker, pseudo-inquiring minds want to know what Sarah Palin is thinking when it comes to “the gays.”
Max Read at Gawker: “Did Sarah Palin Just Tweet Her Position on ‘Homos’?”
Alexander Mooney at CNN: “TRENDING: Palin re-tweet raises questions” “the re-tweet is a rare comment from Palin when it comes to any issue involving gay rights.”
Nick Wing at Huffington Post: “Sarah Palin Tammy Bruce Retweet Reveals A Pro-Gay Stance?”
Well, this is the least-impressive act of “journalism” I have seen in a long time, and that’s saying a lot, considering how far true journalism has fallen in recent years.
So, once again I turned to my favorite politician-quoting source, On The Issues, to share with you what Palin has said on gay rights. Read it and tell these “reporters” to do their jobs, won’t you?
Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden Oct 2, 2008
Q: Do you support, as they do in Alaska, granting same-sex benefits to couples?
BIDEN: Absolutely positively. Absolutely no distinction from a legal standpoint between a same-sex and a heterosexual couple. That’s only fair.
Q: Would you support expanding that beyond Alaska to the rest of the nation?
PALIN: Well, not if it goes closer and closer towards redefining the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman. And unfortunately that’s sometimes where those steps lead. I don’t support defining marriage as anything but between one man and one woman, and I think through nuances we can go round and round about what that actually means. I’m being as straight up with Americans as I can in my non- support for anything but a traditional definition of marriage.
Q: Let’s try to avoid nuance. Do you support gay marriage?
BIDEN: No. We do not support that. That is a decision to be able to be left to faiths.
PALIN: My answer is the same as his and it is that I do not.
New York Times, pp. A1 & A10, “An Outsider Who Charms” Aug 29, 2008
“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. Ms. Palin said she vetoed the bill because it was unconstitutional, but raised the possibility of amending the state Constitution so the ban could pass muster.”
Campaign website, www.palinforgovernor.com, “Issues” Nov 7, 2006
“I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between and man and a woman.”
Anchorage Daily News, “Little play,” by K. Hopkins Aug 6, 2006
“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.”
Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire Jul 31, 2006
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.
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