While gay progressives and Democrats are generally underwhelmed with the Hail Mary pass thrown by John McCain's choice of the obscure, one-term anti-gay Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential choice, the capital gains tax cut lovin' gay Republicans are quite pleased.
"Alaska Governor Sarah Palin can help Sen. McCain win this election by appealing to independent and young voters, Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon tells 365Gay. "Gov. Palin is an inclusive Republican who will help Sen. McCain appeal to gay and lesbian voters."
Right-wing homocon Bruce Carroll at Gay Patriot is also rejoicing. "Woooooo hooooo! Just as I couldn’t imagine me disliking the Obama ticket more after he picked Biden, I’m shocked to now find myself EXCITED about McCain’s pick and Vice President Sarah Palin. I almost can’t believe that he has done it."
Stephen Miller at the Independent Gay Forum glosses over Palin's extensive anti-gay record with this quaint revisionism. "She's apparently an evangelical Christian who is pro-life but no 'phobe. She vetoed an anti-gay bill passed by the legislature that would have barred the state from granting benefits to the partners of gay state employees, and has met with gay groups and spoken publicly about gay friends and relatives."
Ah, yes, the old "some of my best friends are gay argument, sometimes used by John McCain. More about Palin's veto of the bill that would have prohibited providing domestic partnership benefits to state workers: This bill was in defiance of the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling and the Attorney General's (Republican) advice that the legislation was unconstitutional. Palin went ahead to say that, as a matter of policy, she was in favor of the bill, and "honoring the family structure is that important." So yes, Palin vetoed the anti-gay bill ... because she was forced to veto the anti-gay bill.