Palin: Obama's position on Defense of Marriage act 'appalling'
March 1st, 2011
05:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin: Obama's position on Defense of Marriage act 'appalling'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is "appalled" by the Obama administration's recent action regarding the Defense of Marriage Act. In a statement provided to the blog run by the National Organization for Marriage, the former governor explained her reaction to the administration's stance on DOMA.

In response to a question posed by Maggie Gallagher, the chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, the former governor of Alaska said, "I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defense of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law which was enacted with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by a Democrat president."

Joining a procession of Republicans denouncing the administration's move, Palin continued, "It's appalling, but not surprising that the President has flip-flopped on yet another issue from his stated position as a candidate to a seemingly opposite position once he was elected." The statement was posted on a blog for the organization, which supports "marriage and the faith communities that sustain it."

President Obama recently asked Attorney General Eric Holder to cease defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. The bill faces two lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that are based on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. And though candidate Obama once stated that he "believed marriage is between a man and a woman" while campaigning for the presidency, he has also admitted that his position was evolving on the issue shortly before the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a measure that prevented gay service members from openly serving in the U.S. military.

Holder announced in a letter to members of Congress that the administration was reversing course and would stop defending DOMA because they believe that a key part of the law is unconstitutional.

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. willie floyd

    CNN how much longer do you plan to have us look at her every time we log on, and worse yet hear her ignorant statements?? She has no place in our government and is now irrelevant. PLEASE, in the name of all that's holy-STOP!!

    March 1, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Billy Bob in Tennessee

    Sarah Palin, the best thing for online comedy since Redstate Update.

    March 1, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. modmike

    You know, I sure wish that CNN stops clammoring at her every word! Please!!! There may be other relevant GOP candidates out there that are worth listening to.

    March 1, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Former Republican, but never again!

    Palin is an idiot, plain and simple! She has NO chance of being elected.

    March 1, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Henry

    stupid is as stupid does! Eh Sarah?

    March 1, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. welches, oregon

    what's appalling is a lying despicable hypocritical half-wit half-term quitter who couldn't win a gunny sack race if it tried. Caribou creepy if you ask me.

    The Ole Rethuglican tactics of lying and/or misrepresenting the truth over and over and over hoping people eventually believe the lies are as outdated and delusional as Moammar "The People Love Me" Gadhafi.

    We SEE you Re-Thugs – we see and hear and we remember.

    March 1, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Marge

    Oh yeah, she should just tell the world to forgo any type of marriage. Have kids when and where you want with out the benefit of any marriage y'll know like Bristol did. YOU BETCHA. THIS MOUTH HAS NO REASON TO EVEN MENTION ANY TYPE OF MARRIAGE. She failed not only in that in everything. No wonder Todds out looking.

    March 1, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    No Sarah you are the only thing appalling.

    March 1, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(real one)

    WHY must CNN continue to cover a woman whom 67% of Americans DO NOT LIKE?!

    PLEASE CNN spare us her stupidity!

    March 1, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. welches, oregon

    Man – she's really starting to look stressed out. She used to look half way decent, but now she just looks burnt out. Imagine what she'd look like after a failed Presidential run.

    March 1, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Billy

    I find Palin appalling.

    March 1, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. TM

    Palin has no business talking about defending marriage. Just one more in a long list of things she knows NOTHING about.

    March 1, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Debbie from Arizona

    Well, it sure took her long enough to spout her usual drivel. I'm am so very tired of CNN printing everything this know nothing woman says, but then again if they didn't we wouldn't know what a complete and utter idiot she is.

    March 1, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Russ

    Idiot, enough said.

    March 1, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Crystal

    Maybe if people stop reporting on all of the stupid comments that come out of Sarah Palin's mouth, she will go away sooner rather than later.

    March 1, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. edged25

    its a law on the books .Since when does the President get to say something is unconstitutional and say he is not supporting an existing law . I guess its whatever Obama wants now I thought thats what a Supreme Court was for . I can't believe you kool aid drinkers . Did your mother drop you on your head when you were little

    March 1, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Michael

    She doesn't read anything except maybe Entertainment Weekly, how does she think she can interpret the Constitution. Further, it's a pretty convenient position to be for a law that has no effect on her ilk. Seems like a pretty selfish position to take...but we all knew that. Sarah, go back to Alaska's meth capital and leave the rest of the world alone.

    March 1, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. José

    Sarah Palin, you and your entire philosophy is appalling. Oh you can stand up there and spout out all the hockey you want, and all you do is solidify people against you. Am I tolerant of your beliefs Sarah? NO! I AM NOT TOLERANT OF INTOLERANCE! If that makes me a bigot in your eyes then you need to go to the economic seamstress and eye doctor extraordinaire, AynRand Paul! He'll do ya a good job!

    March 1, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. TheLurkingBat

    "Sarah Palin is appalled by Mr. and/or Mrs. Obama and/or the Obama administration's..."

    ...please insert absolutely anything that Mr. and/or Mrs. Obama and/or the Obama administration ever did here...

    "...because Mr. and/or Mrs. Obama and/or the Obama administration did it and if Mr. and/or Mrs. Obama and/or the Obama administration are behind it then Sarah Palin's against it and appalled and is going to open her trap about it"

    ...BTW Mrs. Palin, Mr. and Mrs. Obama and the Obama administration want peace on Earth and goodwill towards all.
    Let's hear your argument.

    March 1, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Brandon

    Why is Palin news? I challenge CNN to omit her name and anything resembling or being spit-up by Palin from any sort of news for at least one week. Please give us all a break from her nonsense. The lint in my pocket is more interesting!

    March 1, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Jo Jo

    CNN, why do you have to print every little thing this woman has to say? Heck, she gets more postings on your website than the President. It's as if you think her word is gospel. All she knows how to do is criticize the current president, so what makes this news worthy? What is it about this woman you fill the need to continue posting her stupid comments and tracking her every move? Do you think there isn't enough going on in the world that's more important than asinine comments from this loser? Frankly, I'm tired of seeing her featured in the political section on your website. She is not a politician; she is nothing more than an opportunist. Please give me a break and find something much more important to blog about and replace this moron.

    March 1, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. willegge

    Way to go Sarah Palin, the only national personality to once again expose Obama for the liar and hypocrite he is, and to rebuke this administration for their radical policies, that they attempt to to hide and the MSM help them cover. Thank God for courageous leaders like Governor Palin who doesn't give a darn about offending the liberal loons that are trying to destroy this great nation. Keep it up Sarah. These people must be defeated in 2012. Lets not give them any quarter, give it back harder than they give it.

    March 1, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Bill

    Get over it bimbo, social issues like this matter to about 12% of the electorate. The other 88% could care less and are focused on real issues that matter – like the economy.

    March 1, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Johnny

    It might be FUNNY if she meant it as a joke....

    March 1, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. mm

    soooooooo tired of hearing from this woman about things she knows nothing about - or maybe she had her daughter google some research for her?

    March 1, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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