October 20th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin and McCain disagree on federal gay marriage ban

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) - Add one more policy item to the list of things John McCain and Sarah Palin disagree on.

Palin told CBN’s David Brody over the weekend that she supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a proposal John McCain voted against in 2004. McCain believes the matter should be left to the states.

Brody asked Palin if she supports “something like” an amendment banning gay marriage.

“I am,” Palin said. “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. 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,” she said. “But I certainly can express my own opinion here and take actions that I believe would be best for traditional marriage and that's casting my votes and speaking up for traditional marriage that, that instrument that it's the foundation of our society is that strong family and that's based on that traditional definition of marriage, so I do support that.”

McCain and Palin disagree on a number of issues, including stem cell research, whether or not global warming is man-made, and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.

In the past, McCain has joked away any policy differences between the two running mates.

“By the way, you may figure out from time to time, Sarah and I don’t agree on every issue,” McCain said at a joint town hall last month in Michigan. “What do you expect of two mavericks, to agree on everything? Eh?”


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soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. mitch

    she is for everyone who is NOT different from her.

    October 20, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    These two out of touch whackos don't agree on alot. Which is why I do not support them. McCain has his views on some policies and she disagrees with alot of them. If something were to happen to McCain, I do not believe she'll continue policies that she disagreed with McCain on. That's scary.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 20, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Carl

    We can only hope that you never again obtain enough power to do that. There is NO reason the government should interject so much religion into our country that has separation of church and state. Go back to Alaska.

    October 20, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Kish from Britain

    bullocks they simple are...............two sidefreaks

    October 20, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Gracie

    BRAVO..... Sarah Palin's the GIFT that just keeps giving. LOL. AND Americans wonder why Johnny is losing big time. His own Pitt Bull keeps turing on him and biting him in the butt. Amazing.

    October 20, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Bruce

    These two are dangerous...and they are getting more and more desperate.
    Anyone notice that she is disagreeing moer and more with McCain...is she tyring to distance herlself from him?
    WHo is running this campaign?

    October 20, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Rave

    Sarah Palin during her debate with Joe Biden, said that her family is diverse in terms of homosexuals and hetrosexuals and there are some disagreements between them.
    Who is the gay in her family? I think i know the answer.

    October 20, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. New Jersey - I Guess Im from the "Anti-American" part of the Country as Palin put it.

    "But I certainly can express my own opinion here and take actions that I believe would be best for traditional marriage and that's casting my votes and speaking up for traditional marriage that, that instrument that it's the foundation of our society is that strong family and that's based on that traditional definition of marriage, so I do support that.”

    So making your Pregnat daughter get married because she is underage and pregnat is what you call protecting marriage?? REALLY???

    Thats why you have clown makeup on. The guy doing your makeup hates you!

    October 20, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Best team to lead

    This is yet another reason why they make a great team. It is well documented fact that Biden changed so many things he belives is just to run with Obama. The president will have a LOT of "yes men" around him, the VP must not be one of them. Biden has run for President more than once, he is drooling to be in that office and knows that Obama is so green he can sway his decisions to Biden's agenda. So many reasons to be scared of an Obama/Biden ticket and this is yet another reason.

    October 20, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Tim E

    Strange that Sarah supports unrestricted denial of abortion, not even for rape or incest, and then opposes the one group that has an unblemished record of never having had an abortion!

    October 20, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. ChristineCT

    ....what did she say?

    October 20, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. confused

    Since when do the President and VP have to agree on EVERYTHING??

    Obama and Biden don't.

    October 20, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Tony

    McCain and Palin seem to disagree on most things, except when it comes to lying, accusing, attacking and distorting.

    Just another reason NOT to elect these clowns.

    October 20, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Chicken Little

    We are fighting two wars. There is a radical branch of Islam that is planning more attacks on us. Our economy is in the tank. So what does Sarah want you to worry about – the gay couple down the street with the terrific house and nice garden out back – THEY are the serious threat to our country. THIS WOMAN IS NUTS!

    October 20, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. AB

    Watch out McCain – Palin is swooping in like a vulture on an almost dead animal!

    October 20, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. mccain's affirmative action pick

    she's obviously not afraid to get all mavericky even with her running mate and that

    October 20, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Ron

    I think that Sarah Palin is positioning herself for 2012. The RNC has abandoned John McCain and he doesn't even know it. Wait a minute ...
    on Sunday, he gave an interview which was reminiscent of the Hillary tears in New Hampshire. Too bad for the old guy... on the most important decision of his life, he picked Palin. He should have listened to his mother.

    October 20, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Carl from MI

    ... and while we're at it let's do a little witch-hunting too!! Maybe we can all sit around the campfire and speak in tongues while we're waiting for the End-of-days!

    Sarah Palin is a complete whacked-out nut-job, right-wing extremist... what else did we expect her to say?? She's a typical Republican and soon to be a card-carrying member of their Culture of Corruption, once her TROOPERGATE investigation becomes finalized!!!

    TROOPERGATE, TROOPERGATE, TROOPERGATE!!!!

    WAKE UP, AMERICA!!! VOTE SMART... NOT SENILE!!!

    October 20, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Bill

    Great. As if I need another reason to disagree with her.

    October 20, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. TexicoFromMexico

    She keeps putting nails in her political coffin...what the ultra right dont understand is their way of life is going bye bye.....the futher we advance into the future the more centered the world becomes. Like Powell said she is not ready....and really she wont ever be ready because she does not have an understanding of how the world works.

    October 20, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Better be careful McPain – The First Dude will get you fired, or maybe break an arm.

    October 20, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. James

    John listen. This thing you stick to about how differences of opinion make you stronger together does not work. She is insubordinate and that makes you lack credibility.

    October 20, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Nicole

    Wow. That differs from what she said in the VP debate. Then again, this flip-flopping is something we should expect.

    October 20, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. n smith

    everyone seems so concerned about the amount of money that was donated to Obam, why are the people of this country not outraged about the amount of monies being spend on this war?

    October 20, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Craig in Washington

    Let's see. Gay marriage is bad, but some 50 y.o. redneck man marrying a 14 y.o. female cousin is good. Is that right?

    Also someone should tell Palin and the rest of the "one man and one woman" set that the partriarchs in the Bible were usually polygamists, that is, one man and one woman, and another woman, and another woman, etc.

    October 20, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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