This is the second in a series outlining the reported social positions of Sarah Palin-the first being on drugs/marijuana/enforcement/liberalization
With the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016 an open field at this stage and with the possibility that Sarah Palin may choose to run it is important to remove the leftist myths and legends, distortions and calumnies and consider her approach to social/moral issues. It is those issues which have been the subject of perhaps the most gross media/leftist distortion which Palin being categorized as a far right ultra-conservative.
The truth is that Palin holds personal religious views which she is careful to separate, as famously did John F. Kennedy, from political top down enforcement. In some areas her political/social views are libertarian but one of the strongest aspects of her activism is her Jeffersonian/Jacksonian dedication to states rights.
This is very clearly highlighted in Palin's attitude to same-sex marriage. Clearly she opposes it on a personal level and just as clearly she sees the matter addressed firstly on a states right level and secondly as part of a national dialogue-the latter lead to where it may.
Any leftist who opposes states rights on this issue is a hypocrite if, at the same time, they hold to participatory democracy as being the American way.
It is of note to see a number of openly gay and well know political activists firmly in the Palin camp, which belies in itself the leftist propaganda.
From;The Los Angeles Times:
Gay marriage? Palin opposes it. But she is also a strong advocate of states' rights, and I'm betting she'd be fine with letting states and their voters grapple with the issue on their own. Remember that all of America didn't swing toward approval of gay marriage on Nov. 6. Three reliably blue states and their voters did. If she were smart, Palin would recruit a member of her impressive gay fanboy base — yes, she has one — to help run her campaign. I nominate Kevin DuJan of the widely read gay conservative blog HillBuzz, a Palin stalwart since 2008.
"Palin has stated that she supports a Federal Constitutional Amendment to ban same-sex marriage. This position differed with that of her running mate, John McCain. In a July 31, 2012 interview with Greta Van Susteren, Palin was asked about states' rights as they pertained to same-sex marriage, to which Palin responded, "I believe that states have that constitutional right to make decisions about a variety of issues, but when it comes to some very fundamental, very cornerstone aspects of our society, of our culture, I personally would love to see a national dialogue about what will America continue to define as marriage. As a former Governor, I say let the states decide that, and that's where I would be, if I were in national office. I'd be saying let the states decide. And if you see, Greta, and pay attention to where the states have gone with this particular issue and the votes of the people, overwhelmingly the people within the states have said they want to continue to define marriage as one man and one woman, as the Muslims do, Orthodox Jews do,nondenominational Christians do, faith-practising Catholics do. It truly is a cornerstone of religion and civilisation.""
Monday night the former Alaska governor re-tweeted a post from conservative talk show host and blogger Tammy Bruce, who is lesbian, appearing to indirectly cast support for gays and an end to the ban on openly gay members of the U.S. military. Bruce had been commenting on the controversy surrounding a U.S. Navy commander and a raunchy video when she turned to the issue of gays in the military. “But this hypocrisy is just truly too much. Enuf already–the more someone complains about the homos the more we should look under their bed,” Bruce tweeted, suggesting that virulent opposition to gays may reflect the individual has something to hide. Soon after, Palin re-tweeted the message to her following of more than 350,000 followers. “I think @SarahPalinUSA RT my tweet is her first comment on DADT, treatment of gays & attempts to marginalize us–thank you Governor,” Bruce responded on Twitter. “I know Gov Palin & this "anti-gay" meme has been a lie–plain & simple. She's a decent woman & friend to the community,” Bruce said later.