She may agree on hospital visitation but that’s where it ends because being gay is a “choice” and she is “tolerant”

Check out Sarah Palin on the issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans: VP Candidate positions and equality quotes.

With less than two years as Governor and prior to that as mayor and councilmember of a small town, Sarah Palin does not have many public statements regarding her positions on equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

She opposes marriage equality. She supported the Alaska marriage constitutional amendment in 1998. As Governor, she vetoed legislation that would have denied same-sex partners of state employees health and retirement benefits. She vetoed the legislation because the Alaska Supreme Court had ruled that such a denial of benefits was unconstitutional. But she indicated that she would support a ballot question on the matter and spent between $750,000 and $1.2 Million on such ballot measure in April 2007.

Sarah Palin Gay Equality

OPPOSES EQUALITY GOAL: HATE CRIMES

Question: “Will you support an effort to expand hate crimes laws?”

Sarah Palin quote on Hate Crimes: “No, as I believe all heinous crime is based on hate.”
Source: Alaska Eagle Forum questionnaire (2006)

EQUALITY GOAL: NON DISCRIMINATION

There are no public statements from Sarah Palin regarding non discrimination in employment, housing, credit, and accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Her state, Alaska, does not provide such protections.

EQUALITY GOAL: MILITARY — REPEAL DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL

No public statements on this goal.

OPPOSES EQUALITY GOAL: MARRIAGE EQUALITY

After Hawaii, Alaska was the second state to pass a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. It passed by 68% of the vote in 1998.

In 2006, Palin said she’s not out to judge anyone and has good friends who are gay, but that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.
Source: Debate among candidates for Governor, August 5, 2006
Sarah Palin Quotes on Same Sex Marriage: “I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.”
Source: Official website Palin for Governor, 2006

OPPOSES INTERIM GOAL: PROTECTIONS FOR COUPLES

The Alaska Supreme Court determined in 2006 that, despite the constitutional amendment declaring marriage between a man and a women, the state could not deny health care and retiree benefits to partners of state employees who were in a committed same sex relationship. The legislature passed a law forbidding the executive to give such benefits. Governor Palin vetoed the law based on the advice of the Alaska Attorney General that the law was unconstitutional and a direct afront to the Alaska Supreme Court Decision. However, she indicated that she did not support giving these basic benefits to same sex couples.
Source: Anchorage Daily News, 2006
“Palin said she’s not out to judge anyone and has good friends who are gay, but that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment [defining marriage between a man and a women]. 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.”
Source: Anchorage Daily News, 2006

OPPOSES INTERIM GOAL: CIVIL UNIONS AND DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS

Question: “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?”

Answer: “No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution.”
Source: Alaska Eagle Forum questionnaire (2006)

INTERIM GOAL: REPEAL THE FEDERAL DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT (DOMA)

Governor Palin has indicated that she believes that marriage is between a man and a woman and that she supported the constitutional amendment in Alaska in 1998 that defined marriage that way. She has no public statements about repealing the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

EQUALITY GOAL: FREEDOM OF GENDER

No public statements.


EQUALITY GOAL: PROTECTING YOUTH

No public statements on her support for legislation to protect LGBT youth. Alaska does not have any anti-bullying legislation covering LGBT youth.

EQUALITY GOAL: SAME SEX PARENTING RIGHTS

No public statements from Governor Palin on this goal.

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3 thoughts on “She may agree on hospital visitation but that’s where it ends because being gay is a “choice” and she is “tolerant”

  1. Samantha

    Over 30,000 people have donated to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin’s name, as suggested in an email that quickly went viral. PP has received over $760,000 in Palin’s honor. Two-thirds of the donors are first-time donors to Planned Parenthood.

  2. flayed Hypatia

    She still operates under the notion that being gay is a choice. Her position, influenced by her religious affiliation, is that homosexuality can be ‘cured’ by so-called “reparative therapy” wheren people can come out “ex gay.”

    This alone, alongside 20 years of the damage of such thinking, has me concerned. If it walks like a duck… (or a moose…)

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