Sarah Palin, the Non-Judgmental Homophobe

From Think Progress:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has said he opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would amend the Constitution to ban marriage equality, because he believes it is an issue to be left up to states. In an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) broke with McCain and strongly supported the 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.

Well, now, Sarah. I think it’s pretty safe to say that most gay and lesbian Americans do not give a flying fuck if you’re out there judging individuals, whether you do so sitting or standing. But when you amend the Constitution in Alaska to deny gay and lesbian Alaskans the same right heterosexual Alaskans have to marry the consenting adult of their choice, you are telling them what they can and cannot do.

And when you say, “I wish on a federal level that that’s where we would go because I don’t support gay marriage,” you’re also being a damn hypocrite:

Palin’s support for the amendment reveals her inconsistency in being a “federalist.” Commenting on Roe v. Wade, Palin said, “I’m, in that sense, a federalist, where I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas.”

Actually, a federalist is more properly defined as someone who favors a strong centralized government. The contemporary usage of this term to mean someone favoring the right of individual states to set their own legislative policies is historically inaccurate.

Furthermore, Gov. Palin would love to see a federal ban on abortion as well as on gay marriage — but she knows that’s not going to happen, because there’s far too much public support for abortion remaining legal. My sense of the gay marriage issue is that it’s more of a non-issue for most Americans, but there isn’t the overwhelming positive support for it that there is for abortion rights — hence it’s much less politically risky for the courageous Sarah Palin to publicly push to have the equal protection rights of gay and lesbian Americans nullified via constitutional amendment.

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