Shower Curtain Chronicles: Palin Doesn't Love The Gays

Shower Curtain Chronicles

Latex painted shower curtains make great, cheap, waterproof banners to display at demonstrations, over freeways or anyplace you want to take it to the anti-gay, anti-Constitution fascists. This blog will feature banners I've made over the years, commentary on the outrages du jour, general observations and accounts of the latest actions by our blog troop as we wield the bathroom accessory cum political billboard.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Palin Doesn't Love The Gays

Gay City News has an article outlining Palin's support for an Alaskan constitutional marriage ban and having a popular vote on domestic partner benefits for gay state workers. She says she has "good" friends that are gay. What kind of "friend" forces her "friends" into second class citizenship and takes their family's health care benefits away? She's a fucking liar...perfect for the Republican ticket.

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  • At 7:27 PM, Anonymous matt said…

    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=2313&MediaType=1&Category=25

    Gay Republicans, Media Incorrectly Repeat Palin's Gay Positions
    By Carlos Santoscoy
    Published: September 02, 2008

    In a statement supporting Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Senator John McCain's pick for VP, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, members of the gay group Log Cabin Republicans said they liked the choice because “Gov. Palin is an inclusive Republican who will help Sen. McCain appeal to gay and lesbians voters.” Several media pundits, including conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and syndicated columnist Debra Saunders, expressed similar positions.

    Conservative host Glenn Beck told a CNN Newsroom audience on Sunday that he liked Palin because she showed “common sense” in giving gay state couples marriage-like benefits. “She is the first administration in Alaska's history to provide benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian employees. So she's not – she's, she's common sense. ... Real conservatives have common sense values, and they'll look at things and say, 'Okay, I believe in traditional marriage. But why would I stop somebody from getting, you know, benefits, they've lived together for 20 years?'”

    Beck, who has said he remains dubious about voting for McCain, later added, “I have to know more about Sarah Palin, but what I do know, if she is who I think she is, I'll pull the lever for John McCain.”

    Columnist Saunders expressed a similar view in her August 31st opinion, “[Palin] is not a hard-core social conservative. For example, Palin supported awarding benefits for same-sex couples.”

    It is true that Palin vetoed an Alaskan bill that denied gay state employees spousal benefits in 2006, but she did so only on the advice of the state attorney general who told her the bill was unconstitutional. Alaska's Supreme Court had already said denying such benefits was unconstitutional.

    Palin is staunchly opposed to gay marriage or marriage-like benefits for gay couples. In a written questionnaire, completed while running for governor in 2006, she was asked if she agreed with the State Supreme Court's ruling giving gay couples spousal benefits by the conservative group Eagle Forum Alaska. Palin's response: “No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution.” Voters in the State passed 2-to-1 in 1998 a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

    While she may have vetoed a bill denying spousal benefits to gay state employees, Palin very much disagrees with the rights of gays to marry or be given marriage-like benefits.

    Meanwhile, gay Republicans continue to push for inclusion in the Republican party, and claim some progress – such as their presence inside the convention this year. Unfortunately, they remain only a nominal voice for change; the 2008 Republican Party Platform calls for a federal constitutional ban on gay marriage.

     

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