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. Sarah

    My names is Sarah, but I think I will change my name. Sarah Palin continues to insult the intellingence of others include her name sake here. How dumb can she get? Our constitution remains intact and never says marriage is between a man and a woman.

    This is a law that was passed and enacted by one administration. Is this the first time one law enacted by one president is repealed by another? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    Elections do have consequences! one thing is clear in the constitution is that ALL Americans should be treated equally regardless of their beliefs and sexual orientation. Doesn't Sarah Palin GET THAT????????????

    I agree with Barbara Bush, she needs to go back to Alaska and remain there! That's all folks.

    March 1, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    Sarah giving Obama advice on the Constitution... that's the funniest thing I've heard in a few days.

    March 1, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. stejo

    I'm confused – she doesn't want the government interfering in how she feeds her kids, but it's perfectly acceptable for the government to interfere in whom I can marry?

    March 1, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Rick in Phx

    Guess Sarah Palin must not be big on that religion thingy. Cause in the old and New testaments they believed that marriage was between one man and a few women and I'm a pentacostal like the crazy lady.

    March 1, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. jerseylou

    CNN....sense you are so in love with palin,why don't you do some real investigating reporting.Do us all a favor and find out palin's transcript and grade average, at those six colleges and leak it too us viewers.

    March 1, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. rs

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. What do you want? Have Obama defend DOMA, or go by the Constitution? I ask because in this case he can't do both!

    March 1, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    "Like the majority of Americans..." I believe Sarah Palin is a human train wreck for Republican and conservative ambitions.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    March 1, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Pete

    Take your opinion and shove it, Sharah.

    March 1, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. TPF

    Why does the media print anything this nobody says. She is a clown, that has already gone to the bank on the American people and we are sick of her.

    March 1, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. rusty155

    Saran Palin when are you going too learn to just shut your mouth, because everything you open your mouth you sound more dumber and dumber. You are really showing people how big a IDIOT you really are. Just back under that rock you come from. You are till the most UNQUALIFIED PERSON too run for any PUBLIC OFFICE of any kind at all.

    March 1, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Doug

    Who cares what this idiot thinks! She couldn't even finish her term as Governor of Alaska! I say, shut up and crawl back into your hole!

    March 1, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Jackie

    Sarah – if you think it's appalling what President Obama says, maybe you should just quit having an opinion. Quitting is something you are very good at... One more thing, besides criticism, do you have any other ideas or comments that involve solutions or something positive ? I've been waiting a very long time for something intelligent and constructive.

    March 1, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. rusty155

    You are loosing you fan base on facebook they even know you are a IDIOt. And Unqualified for any PUBLIC OFFICE OF ANY KIND.

    March 1, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Please stop reporting what she says and does. Everybody's mind is made up. We're tired of hearing about her.

    March 1, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. John N Florida

    I believe all men are created equal and that churches should stay out of legislation and law.
    Mrs. Palin believes in a Theocracy the same as the Imams in the Middle East.

    March 1, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Jay

    CNN, I'm not one of those people who accuse the media of having a liberal bias, but by publishing stories like this you're doing one of two things: A) you're trying to keep her in the spotlight because you know she has no chance of winning the presidency, or B) you're entirely out of things to talk about. Either way, I'm tired of seeing this idiot's face on your website every day. Please stop.

    March 1, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. sue

    Oh Sarah! You are always good for a laugh!

    March 1, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. oldguy

    Sarah, dear, you are appalled? You must feel so uncomfortable deep in your gut response. Why not just have a good HEAVE, get it over with, and you'll just feel all better. You betcha.

    March 1, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    well one thing is true for sure that Sarah Palin said....she will NOT sit down and SHUT UP and makes basically a living pleasuring her right wing fan base by always going negative on the president no matter what he says or does. Geesh, you would think that even THEY would get bored of the same old whiney act but I guess that's what pleases them.

    March 1, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. Anthony

    Why is it that the conservatives... the ones who claim they defend the constitution... are the ones who are willing to side step the constitution? its disgusting.

    March 1, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Tanja

    Sara Palins' entire life is appalling.

    March 1, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    "I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman..." For those who don't know, this is called conservative speak. "I have always believed..." See. I doesn't matter what you BELIEVE and that doesn't necessarily make it right. "If it were me..." but it's not and nobody cares if it were you. "The way we used to do it..." but that was then...and there. What about the rest of the Or does it matter about the rest of the world? You see, conservative speak means your beliefs should be thrust upon the rest of the world and that every other way of doing things is wrong. How a$$ backwards is that? Keep listening folks. You'll hear it every day.

    March 1, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Keith

    This woman is about as relevant as Ann Coulter. Please do the United States a favor: Go back to Alaska, stick your head in the snow and just shut your mouth.

    March 1, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. Henry Miller

    Who marries whom is not a proper concern of the federal government.

    March 1, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Offworld

    Why does the media insist on giving this mediocre intellect the time of day? I would however like to see a mudwrestling match between Palin and Charlie Sheen

    March 1, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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