Why did he choose that sassy woman from Will and Grace to be his running mate?
Just kidding. I kind of like Palin’s style as a mom, but I do not like the fact that she does not see my family as equal to hers. I don’t know much about her (which ironically is also what Kay Bailey Hutchinson, the most senior Republican woman in the Senate who did NOT get picked as VP said about her today).
Here is what the Baptist Press says about her:
Palin has expressed strong opposition to gay rights. Besides supporting the same-sex-marriage ban, she also said, during her 2006 campaign, that she disapproved a recent Alaska Supreme Court ruling that the state had to provide spousal benefits to same-sex partners of government employees.
While Palin later signed legislation that enforced the decision, she said she would support a ballot initiative that would effectively overturn the court ruling by banning gay spouses from state benefits.
“When you can’t even support giving our community the rights to health insurance and pension benefits, it’s a frightening window into where she stands on equality,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign, in a statement denouncing the Palin choice.
A little bit of a Della Disingenuous, she’s also one of those people who talks about how she has “gay friends” and then promptly supports legislation against them.
Palin said she’s not out to judge anyone and has good friends who are gay, but that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.
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.
Long story short, she was probably picked to appease the Focus on the Family crowd and the “white working class” voters who would have supported Hillary, but could never vote for a black man.
One funny note. Patrick Sammon leader of the gay Log Cabin Republicans was quoted as being excited about her! I e-mailed him to find out why. His response was:
Check out the 365gay.com article on our web-site-describes her as
“moderate” on gay issues. Gotta run.
Clicked over there. Nada. Gotta run, indeed.
I did watch her acceptance speech (McCain looked like he was waiting to see the principal). She’s well-spoken. Obama-Biden shouldn’t make the mistake of underestimating her, especially when it comes to energy policies.