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. Antavius S.

    Two Mavericks? More like the opposite end of the same snake.

    October 20, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Justice 4 All

    Why didn't someone in the McCain/Palin camp educate Palin about McCain's policies, and that of the Republican party. More and more it appears that she is running her own campaign. She has no clue. McCain's choice of Palin shows bad judgement, gambling tendencies, and a lack of respect for intelligent women.

    Obama/ Biden 08 and beyond . . .

    October 20, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Shari, NY

    McCain has fought to distance himself from Bush and now it seems like he will have to do the same to Palin in order to win.

    October 20, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Tony



    October 20, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Party Crasher

    Let me see if I got this straight. If you do not let two gay people marry then they will no longer be gay? What difference does it make? Will the walk down the street holding hands if they are married, oh, that's right they do that anyway.

    Gay marriage and abortions are one in the same, if you as an individual do not believe in it then don't do it. Mind your own business and live your own life. Your are not going to stop anyone that is gay from being gay and you are not going to stop any woman that wants or needs to have an abortion from having one.

    If you truely believe that its against your religion then let GOD handle it. I don't remember anyone being given the power to step in for GOD and act on his behalf.

    October 20, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. cindy

    Sarah cue-card Palin says she won't "tell people what they should and should not do" ... She will simply VOTE their right's of privacy away .... NEEEAT

    October 20, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. David in Minneapolis

    Typical Republican bigotry...says she won't go out and "judge" others...then does exactly that. Are you listening Gay Republicans??

    October 20, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. thomas

    McCain and Palin should stay out of people's bedrooms. The federal government cannot manage national affairs so it has no business telling people how to lead their personal lives. Whenever it tried, it has failed.

    October 20, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. sue

    I have been watching for weeks now...all I can say is "Sarah I hope your children are watching"

    October 20, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Jeff

    She said she opposed gay marriage and changing the definetion of a marriage; one man and one women. This is old news she stated that in the debate. Now did she openly oppose legal unions for gays, giving them the same legal rights that a hetreosexual couple would have? Or did CNN just decide to not report that far?

    October 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Joel

    To put it in Sarah Palin's vernacular...

    If a straight feller has the right to get taken to the cleaners by his ex, I figure a gay feller ought to have the same right.

    October 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Rickymo

    Amending the constitution is a serious issue and even many conservatives who are against marriage equality oppose this. She is so out of touch with everyone including the right wing loons of her party that the fact that she could be one heart attack close to the Presidency should be enough to scare everyone.

    October 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. wezeeg

    I think Jeff, OR has it right. Let's collectively hold the thought of Sarah Palin as President close at hand forever. No Palin – not now – not 2012 – not ever.

    October 20, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. sabuc for Obama

    Wow, even reading her poorly structured statements makes my brain hurt. I hope Obama pumps some money into the education system in Alaska to prevent more Palin speak.

    October 20, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Victoria

    So "traditional" must be accepted because it's the status quo??We had a "traditional" banking system where it was run by the private sector. Apparently we needed to make some changes there? Even if it's not "traditional" that the gov't owns the bank?

    Just another example of complete lack of logic/ reasoning ability.

    October 20, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. nina

    It is okay to disagree, but these are core major issues.

    Maybe McCain should've vetted his running mate. I certainly wouldn't choose a person, whom I "heard" about, who's "popular", to take care of my children, only meeting them once, maybe twice.
    Why in the world would he pick someone to take charge of a whole country using this as a requirement???

    Anyone? And why can no one, I mean no one, ever explain why she would make a great VP or potential POTUS? Yah, she was a mayor, is a govenor. But no one including Palin herself, ever explains in detail what her ideas are on running a country. Instead, they bring up Obama.
    Well, Obama always answers questions, has in-depth and detailed answers on every major issue, thus far, that I've heard. He actually has a grasp of what's going on in the world near and abroad.
    Haven't heard anything from Palin, and it's 15 days til the election.
    Wake up People.
    And get out and vote. Don't take the polls for granted. The only way Obama will win, is if everyone, I mean everyone who wants him to win, actually goes out and votes. So do it. Show what your made of. Show your support by voting.

    October 20, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. james

    I find it ironic that Palin thinks government should stop intervening in citizen's lives.....except when it comes to financial bailouts and same sex marriage. Pick a Lane, Palin! You can't have it both ways.

    October 20, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. FAYE, NV

    Again Sarah showing how her understanding is limited and therefore she is not ready to be VP or President.


    October 20, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Drunk on Kool-Aid

    Obamamania today, Obamageddon tomorrow.

    October 20, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Chrystal Durham,NC

    This disagreement doesn't suprise me. They disagree on quite a few issues including robocalls. Imagine what will happen if they were elected. They can not control the campaign so we know the lobbyist will control thw White House. McCain has lacked leadership during his campaign not staying true to his "BRAND".

    Palin is being used as a puppet, the way the McCain camp has used her is disrespectful to her natural strength and back fire on her political career. Although I support OBAMA/BIDEN I feel as a woman she is not doing herself justice especially for a future career. I expect for her to run in 4 years for President. My prediction is that she will definitely be true to herself showing herself absent of the pagent response set forth by the MCCaim campaign. This campaign has painted her as an uneducated, small town, gun carrying maverick reformer. She is the next generation for the Repubs however, her first impression to the national stage has been damaged by the McCain campaign.

    Palin will have to reinvent herself after this election. History will leave in print a story she may not want to remember when she looks in the rear view mirror of this experience. The McCain camp in no way resembles the John McCain that wanted to join the Dems 4 years ago when GB and the Repubs told McCain to talk to the hand.


    October 20, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. meridithl

    Interesting ms. Palin... so.... Regarding abortion, Roe v. Wade should be overturned because such matters should be decided by the states...

    but the federal gov't should decide on who and who can't get married and it should be taken out of the state's hands...
    Ahh, i love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning...

    October 20, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Arizona Dem

    She is just talking jibberish just like that Socialism crap.

    October 20, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Chuck

    Palin, You are trying to take away the rights of law abiding American citizens, who pay taxes, vote in elections, raise children, working as doctors, nurses, fire fighters, policemen, iron workers, and practically every single occupation in this country. Yes America, the republican party would let you think that there are just a few of us in America. Well, if Gays and Lesbians were accepted in this society like they are in other progressive societies, the American public would be shocked at the numbers of homosexual citizens in this country, Including some Evangelical leaders, (although they are "healed" shortly after they are caught) and religious leaders of all faiths. The only difference with you is you are doing it strictly from a Religious Evangelical factor which teaches hatred and intolerance by anybody who doesn't agree with you and your beliefs. That is called a dictatorship. Given the choice, socialism sounds alot better than dictator.

    October 20, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. cindy

    It's not a big deal that McCain Palin disagree .... the problem is .... Palin's ideas are reichtwinged.

    Palin wants government to dictate what a female crime victim can and can't do.

    Palin wants government to dictate restriction of scientific research that could actually benefit her own infant.

    Palin's husband is so radical he belonged to an anti-American group for 7 years – AIP.

    Palin has no clue.... about much ... except maybe witchdoctors. WHAT kind of country would this become IF something happened to McCain & she became Pres?

    October 20, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. AshevilleVoter

    America, throughout her history, has expanded rights and freedoms rather than taken them away - voting rights for Blacks and women, ability to own property by Blacks and women, & marriage rights for interracial couples to name a few. Marriage for gays should follow suit. If a religion, denomination, or church choose not to bless a gay union by prosiding over the ceremony, that is there choice. But to prevent a couple from getting a state issued marriage license is ridiculous. You get it from the court house just like you get your driver's license from the DMV - it's a legal document and should have nothing to with whether not a religion or church is okay with it.

    October 20, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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