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Sarah Palin on Gay and Lesbian Issues

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Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, presumptive Republican vice presidential running mate.

Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, presumptive Republican vice presidential running mate.

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About Sarah Palin:

Sarah Louise Heath Palin was born on February 11, 1964 in Idaho, but raised in Alaska. She is the Governor of Alaska and the presumptive Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States. The selection by John McCain makes Sarah Palin only the second female Vice Presidential candidate to run on one of the two major party tickets.

Palin has a journalism degree from the University of Idaho and served on the Wasilla, Alaska, City Council from 1992 to 1996. She was elected mayor of Wasilla in 1996 and won the 2006 race for governor after a failed attempt for the Alaskan Lieutenant Governor seat in 2002.

Sarah Palin on Gay Marriage:

Sarah Palin opposes same-sex marriage. In 1998, Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Palin supported the amendment.


Palin's first veto as Governor of Alaska was used to block a bill that would've barred same-sex partners from receiving state employee benefits under grounds of the constitutionality of the measure. The move, effectively, granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples. However, Palin has stated that she would support a ballot measure overturning the standing state supreme court decision that mandates benefits for domestic partners of state employees.


Palin's support of teaching creationism in schools and her ties to conservative anti-gay groups like Family Research Council, make it unlikely she will be in support of pro-gay legislation.

Sarah Palin and the Federal Marriage Amendment:

In a Christian Broadcasting Network interview, Palin stated that she supports a federal amendment, such as the Federal Marriage Amendment, that would ban same-sex marriage nationwide. This view is in direct conflict with John McCain, who does not support gay marriage, but believes the issue should be left up to the individual states.
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