Palin Indicates Support for Federal Marriage Amendment

by HRC Staff

Nearly 60 percent of Americans oppose writing discrimination into U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP nominee for vice-president, has indicated in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network that she would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution excluding gay and lesbian couples from marriage. The so-called Federal Marriage Amendment has faced bipartisan opposition in both houses of Congress, both of which have voted the FMA down twice.

"Sarah Palin is out of step with the majority of Americans, nearly 60 percent of whom are opposed to writing discrimination into the U.S. Constitution," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Her view stands in stark contrast to the ideals that make America great: freedom, opportunity, and equality. These are the tenets upon which our nation was built."

An August 2008 poll from TIME Magazine shows that 58 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution should not be amended to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The Human Rights Campaign PAC, the political action committee of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, previously released an online video in response to comments made by Palin in which she stated that she believes homosexuality is a choice. The video released by HRC PAC is narrated by Michael Cole, senior manager of HRC's media center, who flew to Alaska with a video production crew to talk with Wasilla's LGBT community.

The video can be viewed at

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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