Palin: Obama's position on Defense of Marriage act 'appalling'
March 1st, 2011
05:35 PM ET
12 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. Paul Ernest Show

    What's appalling is that Sarah Palin is still talking, after so much blunder and almost incoherent statements and falsehood.

    March 1, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. cosmo

    When I looked in the dictionary under appalling it say's to see Sarah Palin !!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. GOPER

    I have come to the conclusion that the reason there are only negative comments on this posting and all other Palin postings, is the simple fact that you all have nothing better to do. Her supporters are probably out there working their a$$e$ off to pay for you all to sit there on your government funded computers and babble.

    March 1, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. B in FL

    When doesn't this nitwit criticize our President? She's just a tad bit predictable, isn't she? Anyway, if she really paid attention she would know that President Obama personally believes that marriage is between a man and woman and is conflicted about the issue but he also knows the world is changing and we now live in the 21st century and no matter how much Sarah & her Tea Party ilk want to take us back to the 19th Century, they are not going to stop progress!!!

    March 1, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin, please do what Mrs. Bush said, stay in Alaska and keep your mouth close.

    March 1, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |

    Rigthtwingers have the highest divorce rate! So much for their phoney family values BS.

    March 1, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. mama panda

    There's one thing more appalling than Palin... it's that CNN feels compelled to print every appalling comment she makes.

    March 1, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Veritas

    They are clearly despirate and grasping at straws to tear our Prez down on any level. Its obvious they want to cut collective bargaining out in states and layoff massive amounts of state workers to contrast Mr Obamas progress. They are trying to irradicate our healthcare end most government programs, need i go on. As far as Mr Obamas statement he always thought marriage to be between a man and a woman. alot of people used to think that. However this is not a political issue,it is a moral issue. Who are these people that sit as moral judge and jury in the interest of politics. I was taught God loves each and every one of us. This is between each person and thier God not for anyone elses judgement. I am happy that my Prez. is openminded and religiously comfortable with leaving this question to the only and highest authority in these matters GOD! Sarah is appalling such a publicity sl@t. She's fun to watch. Like Bobcat Goldtwait except he's an intelligent funny comedian she's just a clown with the circus.

    March 1, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. peter

    Here, finally is an issue that Palin is qualified to comment on. Reason? Nothing factual or intellectual is required, nor any background. It is an issue that ya can just feel in your heart, you betcha. Please go away, Sarah Palin. You aren't qualified to hold a national office, period.

    March 1, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. DAVE

    palin! you will notice that what she say is short and sweet! the reason is you can only write so much on the palm of your had before you run out of room. she would have to think out of the box from experiense and thats hard for some one who is clueless!

    March 1, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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