Sarah Palin: Federalist on Abortion, AntiFederalist on Gay Marriage
Sarah Palin explains on October 1, 2008 that she opposes Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to self determination because she thinks states should decide such issues, not the federal government:
Katie Couric: Why, in your view, is Roe v. Wade a bad decision?
Sarah Palin: I think it should be a states’ issue not a federal government-mandated, mandating yes or no on such an important issue. I’m in that sense a federalist, where I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas.
Sarah Palin explains on October 20, 2008 that she is in favor of a constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriages because she thinks it is appropriate for the federal government to decide such issues, overrulling the states:
David Brody: On a constitutional marriage amendment are, are you for something like that?
Sarah Palin: I am. 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, 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.
No, she’s not going sitting in a seat of judgment telling individuals what they can and can’t do, except for the bit where she promises to do exactly that.
Sarah Palin: federalist when it helps her deny women their right to self-determination and implement her fundamentalist religious dogma as law.
Sarah Palin: anti-federalist when it helps her deny citizens full marriage rights and implement her fundamentalist religious dogma as law.
Call me crazy, but I have this suspicion that Sarah Palin’s politics are being driven by something other than the Federalist Papers.