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Sarah Palin Vice Presidential Candidate

Sarah Palin Vice Presidential Candidate

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Sarah Palin- Vice Presidential Running Mate:

John McCain picked Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska as his vice presidential running mate. Where does Sarah Palin stand of issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community?

Sarah Palin's Background:

Sarah Palin, 44, will be the first female Republican vice-presidential candidate. She is a first-term governor from Alaska and a conservative who is against abortion rights, for gun rights and oil drilling in Alaska's wilderness.

Sarah Palin on Gay Marriage:

Sarah Palin is opposed to gay marriage. Alaska was one of the first states to pass a "Defense of Marriage" law, banning marriage between same-sex partners in 1988 and Palin supported it. Her campaign website for Governor in 2007 stated: I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between and man and a woman.

Where doe Sarah Palin Stand on GLBT Issues?:

"America may not know much about Sarah Palin, but based on what our community has seen of her, we know enough," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Sarah Palin not only supported the 1998 Alaska constitutional amendment banning marriage equality but, in her less than two years as Governor, even expressed the extreme position of supporting stripping away domestic partner benefits for state workers. 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."

Does Sarah Palin Support Same-Sex Partner Benefits?:

Even though, as governor, Sarah Palin signed into law a state supreme court-ordered measure to grant same-sex partner benefits in 2006, she publicly stated that she disagreed with the court ruling. She said,"So we may disagree with the foundation there, the rationale behind the ruling, but our responsibility is to proceed forward with the law and abide by the constitution."

Sarah Palin Wanted Gay Books Banned from the Library:

According to an article in The New York Times, Sarah Palin tried to have the book Daddy's Roommate removed from the library shelves. Daddy's Roommate is a book that helps children understand homosexuality.

Palin's Church Wants to Convert Gays:

Sarah Palin belongs to the Wasilla Bible Church, which is supporting a conference called "Love Won Out" in Anchorage, about 30 miles from Wasilla. "You’ll be encouraged by the power of God’s love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality," says an insert in the church bulletin, where Palin has prayed for about six years.

Palin Supports Federal Ban on Gay Marriage:

Even though her running mate John McCain has said he is against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, Sarah Palin says she would support such an amendment. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Palin said, "I wish on a federal level that that's where we would go, because I don't support gay marriage." She added,"In 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."

Sources: CBS.com, gay.com, The Examiner, HRC, Huffington Post.

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