Self-hating much? In an interview with Katie Couric at the CBS Evening News, Gov. Sarah Palin (in)famously claimed "one of her absolute best friends for the last 30 years" is gay and "happens to have made a choice” that Palin would not have made herself. The capital gains tax cut-lovin' neocons at the Log Cabin Republicans—who endorsed John McCaijn and praised Palin's selection as "inclusive"—have rushed to defend the anti-gay, evangelical governor.
Scott Tucker, communications director for the Log Cabinettes, praised Palin for not using the word "lifestyle." We "know people don't choose their sexual orientation," he insists.
In this interview, Gov. Palin expressed her support for a gay friend of 30 years and reiterated that she doesn’t judge people. She said she’s ‘not going to judge Americans and the decisions they make in their adult personal relationships.’ Frankly, I think that’s where most Americans are in their attitude toward gay and lesbian people.
Gov. Palin didn’t ramble uncomfortably about a ‘lifestyle’ or use the opportunity to reiterate her opposition to marriage for gay couples. She didn’t use the opportunity to express opposition to any gay rights legislation. Gay Democrats are pouncing on her use of the word ‘choice’ in talking about gay people. But, when asked the direct question by Charlie Gibson in a previous interview whether people choose to be gay, she said she didn’t know. Again, I think that’s where the vast majority of Americans are on this issue-they simply don’t know whether people choose to be gay.
We know that people don’t ‘choose’ their sexual orientation and we’ll continue educating all Republicans about that issue.
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