Palin would support amending the constitution

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  1. hughb


    to ban same sex marriage.

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    Palin breaks with McCain on gay marriage amendment
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    NEW YORK – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says she supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a break with John McCain who has said he believes states should be left to define what marriage is.

    In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, the Alaska governor said she had voted in 1998 for a state amendment banning same sex marriage and hoped to see a federal ban on such unions.

    "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's where we would go. I don't support gay marriage," Palin said. She said she believed traditional marriage is the foundation for strong families.

    McCain, an Arizona senator, is supporting a ballot initiative in his state this year that would ban gay marriage. But he has consistently and forcefully opposed a federal marriage amendment, saying it would usurp states' authority on such matters.

    As governor, Palin vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to the partners of gay state employees. In a debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden, Palin said she was "tolerant" of gays and said she supported certain legal protections for same-sex couples, like hospital visitation rights.

    Biden, meanwhile, said during an appearance Monday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that if he lived in California he would vote against a ballot measure that seeks to ban gay marriage. DeGeneres, who is gay and newly wed to actress Portia de Rossi, has urged Californians to reject Proposition 8.

    "I think it's regressive," the Delaware senator said. "I think it's unfair, and so I vote 'no.'"

    Biden added that he and Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, opposed a similar initiative nationally. In the debate with Palin, Biden said he supporters partnerships rights for gays and lesbians, although he also opposes same-sex marriage.

    In the CBN interview, Palin also said she would speak out if she heard a supporter at a rally yell violent or threatening comments about Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee.

    "What we have heard through some mainstream media is that folks have hollered out some atrocious and unacceptable things like 'kill him,'" Palin said, referring to a Washington Post story two weeks ago about angry supporters at a Palin rally in Florida. "If I ever were to hear that standing up there at the podium with the mike, I would call them out on that, and I would tell these people, no, that's unacceptable."

    CBN released excerpts of the interview Monday and planned to broadcast it in its entirety Tuesday.

    Palin also claimed religion and God had been "mocked" during the campaign, although she offered no evidence to support that.

    "Faith in God in general has been mocked through this campaign, and that breaks my heart and that is unfair for others who share a faith in God and choose to worship our Lord in whatever private manner that they deem fit," she said.

    Palin is a conservative Christian who was baptized and grew up attending Pentecostal churches. In September, Obama defended Palin's religious beliefs and said it would be "offensive" to portray her faith as strange or wrong.

    Palin also reaffirmed her view that Obama had been "palling around with terrorists" because of his association with Bill Ayers, a 1960s-era radical who helped found the violent Weather Underground group to protest the Vietnam war. The group was responsible for bombings of several government buildings.

    "I would say it again," she said.

    Ayers and Obama live in the same Chicago neighborhood and have served together on charity boards. Ayers also hosted a house party for Obama when he was first running for the Illinois state Senate.


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  2. achilles28


    Palin is a stooge. Just like Barry.

    Don't worry.

    Nothing is gonna change.
  3. Thats not the only thing she would turn back the clock on.... she would also try to overturn Roe v Wade, and sponser a bill to ban ALL current espects of popular culture that are deemed offensive to bible thumping idiots.

    Ban certian films like Harry Porter..... burn books.... the list goes on and on..... she would take us right back to the dark ages. I dont know what the hell McCain was thinking when he picked this insane bitch. Leads one to believe that McCain is out of touch... sure she would and did rally the base..... but at the cost of excluding the moderates and undecided. No way you can win todays election without the middle.

    And look at her base..... i mean look at these freaks!! ALL RELIGIOUS FRUIT CAKES!!! This is the main reason I can't no longer be associated with this party. Its more than embaressing.... its ignorance of the worst kind. If I want a taste of the dark ages, I'll just watch a Monty Python Holy's Holy Grail film.... or Moll Flanders...

    Thank goodness Presidents dont have any power whatsoever to change anything................. but most Americans are not aware of this fact. All a President can do is introduce or sponser a bill ......... The same thing you or I can also do!!!!!
  4. We got problems waaayyyy bigger than gay marriage...

    Why not a Constitutional Amendment to ban DEFICIT SPENDING!!!

  5. 1000000000000000000000000000000 % AGREE.
  6. Lucrum


    Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!
  7. You are making an assumption that Palin has actually read the constitution, which from her actions as Governor is highly doubtful.
  8. She must have read the Pro-America parts only :)
  9. saxon


    I think the Connecticut Supreme Court got it right on the issue of "separate but equal". It just doesn't work.

    The court writes:

    "Especially in light of the long and undisputed history of invidious discrimination that gay persons have suffered ... we cannot discount the plaintiffs' assertion that the legislature, in establishing a statutory scheme consigning same sex couples to civil unions, has relegated them to an inferior status, in essence, declaring them to be unworthy of the institution of marriage.... Accordingly, we reject the trial court's conclusion that marriage and civil unions are 'separate' but 'equal' legal entities."
  10. Apparenty, Palin may get her way (assuming she gets elected) as noted by her answer to the question of what the VP does:

    Her answer:

    " Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, "What does the Vice President do?"

    PALIN: That’s something that Piper would ask me! ... [T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.

    Apparently she has a revised version of the Constitution that no one else has seen.

    #10     Oct 21, 2008