Gay conservatives and the Log Cabin Republicans have applauded John McCain's opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment, because the Republican nominee says he believes it is an issue best left to states. (McCain supports proposed amendments in his own Arizona and California.) In an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Republican vice presidential hopeful Gov. Sarah Palin, who has previously stated she believes homosexuality is a choice, strongly broke with McCain's quasi-federalist position on the marriage amendment.
PALIN: [I]n my own, state, I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I wish on a federal level that that’s where we would go because I don’t support gay marriage. I’m not going to be out there judging individuals, sitting in a seat of judgment telling what they can and can’t do, should and should not do."
Palin was a strong supporter of Alaska's constitution to ban same-sex marriages. The governor ultimately and begrudgingly accepted domestic partnership benefits imposed by the state supreme court, and, this lead to the Log Cabin Republicans praising her selection "inclusive." Do they still believe the governor is good for the gays? After being contacted by Rod 2.0. Log Cabin Republican President Patrick Sammon discounted Palin's influence as a potential vice president and added the gay Republicans are "glad McCain agrees with us."
We disagree with Gov. Palin on this issue, but we're glad that Sen. McCain agrees with us. The president sets the policy for the administration. Sen. McCain twice voted against the federal marriage amendment and continues to believe the states should decide this issue.
An interesting contradiction. When Palin was selected, her policy background was a bonus. When she breaks with McCain on positions, a reminder the president "sets the policy" for the administration.
Pam Spaulding notes Palin's support of the federal marriage amendment is a poor reflection on her much--touted alleged 30-year friendship with a lesbian. "Does she really believe that if her friend is in a committed same-sex relationship that there should be no legal recognition at all? It's nice to know she likes tossing her close friends under the bus like that." With (best) friends like these ...