Palin: Obama's position on Defense of Marriage act 'appalling'
March 1st, 2011
05:35 PM ET
10 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. T'sah from Virginia

    This is last week's news??? And here she comes NOW – Did it take her this long to read the story or watch the news?????

    March 1, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Keith

    Quiet in the peanut seats, Sister Sarah. You rely upon having no responsibility for the remarks you make. If you were in charge, we'd have hundreds of US citizens and other westerners either dead or being held hostage in Libya as a result of your shooting your mouth off.

    March 1, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. The unsub

    no more please! My head hurts!

    March 1, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. pete

    appalling – what a very big word for such a small mind.

    March 1, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I find Palin's interpretation of the constitution appalling.

    March 1, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Bonnie in Seattle

    Who cares what this bimbo thinks? She really is becoming irrelevant. I hope she has stashed the millions she has made in the bank. She is going to need it when her bookings dry up.

    March 1, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. JD

    How dare President Obama support equality. It is appalling that he is not as discriminatory as former Governor Palin. How disgusting of him not to be a homophobe.

    March 1, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    too bad Failin Palin. Don't like for POTUS and get slaughtered. Otherwise shut your mouth and go do some reality TV which is about right for your brain capacity

    March 1, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Brian

    Sarah, who give a flying fairy what you think. Be gone already!

    March 1, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Craig

    Ms. Palin - I am no less entitled to all the rights granted under the US Constitution as you are. End of story. It is time to stop with your bigoted speech!

    March 1, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. JenniferinVegas

    It was, perhaps, the majority view on this issue when it was signed into law with bipartisan support.. IN 1996. It is now 2011, and contrary to what Mrs. Palin suggests, the majority of Americans no longer support this outdated and clearly unconstitutional policy.

    March 1, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Lenmsith

    What is her concern????????????????????? If she even has one.............

    March 1, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Indy

    Since Obama has a law degree I will wait to hear more from him rather then what teh former Mayor of Wasilla has to say

    March 1, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Tuna

    This woman is a DOPE!!!!! This is old news. She must have had her head in a cloud all last week!

    March 1, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. jilli

    Times change sister sarah – we're all not afraid of the big bad scary gay people who are out to destory our coveted marriages. Heteros seem to be doing a pretty good job of it all by themselves. What's the divorce rate among hetero's these days? 50%? Higher? Why should a law that discriminates be supported?

    March 1, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. PalmReader

    Finally figured out what the acronym DOMA actually meant, did she? Or she is still fuming because President Obama had the intelligence to get our 600 Americans safely out of Libya BEFORE he commented on Kadafi's evil ways, and thereby stopped a hostage situation before he spoke, unlike she, who demanded retribution against Kadafi IMMEDIATELY, and without thought?

    March 1, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Barbie Palin

    @ JenniferinVegas....Bravo....excellent comment!

    March 1, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Shane

    Why is this even news??

    March 1, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. tom

    I, too am appalled that in America people expect freedom. I mean, what's wrong with these people? These American people.

    March 1, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Ozymandias71

    Go ahead Sarah – foam and vent for NOM, use all the sound-bytes, illogic and vitrol you can because if the GOP decides to defend DOMA in Court, all that vitrol will completely fall apart – just like the Prop H8 supporters who couldn't come up with a shred of actual EVIDENCE of harm from Marriage Equality.

    March 1, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Tired of the nonsense

    II'm appalled that this woman is let out of her house without her gag and her keeper. She's stupid, everything she says is stupid. Why is she news?

    March 1, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    Appalling? Really, Sarah? I find it "appalling" that you think a respectable amount of reasonable, thinking people even care enough about you to give any credence to what comes out of that trashy mouth of yours. Grow up and get your mindset and manners out of high school mode. You're all grown up now ... Or are you?

    March 1, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Video Guy

    This lady is appalling. She is a week late and a dollar short. Lets send her to lybia to broker a oil deal or something.

    March 1, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    Hey Mrs. Palin..I dare you to go ask Dick Cheney how he feels about gay marriage and then get back with us after you do. We all know that no matter what the President says Pailin will come out against it so this isn't news really at all.

    March 1, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Bob(Illinois)

    Would somebody PLEASE send her back to Alaska?

    March 1, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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