Couric presses Palin to reveal position on gay issues

By GLAAD |
October 2, 2008

The Washington Post recapped the latest installment of the Katie Couric - Sarah Palin interviews being aired on The CBS Evening News.  During the installment of the interview aired Tuesday night, vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin made comments that suggest she believes being gay is a choice.

Responding to a question about reports that the Wasilla Bible Church in Alaska had sponsored so-called “ex-gay” programs, Palin responded by taking issue with the media reports.  Palin is reportedly associated with the Wasilla Bible Church.

From the interview:

"Well, it matters though, Katie, when the media gets it wrong. It frustrates Americans who are just trying to get the facts and be able to make up their mind on, about a person's values. So it does matter.

But what you're talking about, I think, value here, what my position is on homosexuality and you can pray it away, because I think that was the title that was listed on that bulletin. And you know, I don't know what prayers are worthy of being prayed. I don't know what's prayers are going to be asked and answered. But as for homosexuality, I am not going to judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships. I have one of my absolute best friends for the last 30 years happens to be gay, and I love her dearly. And she is not my 'gay friend,' she is one of my best friends, who happens to have made a choice that isn't a choice that I have made. But I am not going to judge people.”

Kudos to Katie Couric for asking Palin to clarify her position on gay issues.  With only a few weeks left for the American public to assess the candidates, it is important that these questions get asked.

We urge all mainstream media outlets to continue asking the presidential and vice-presidential hopefuls to disclose and explain their positions on critical issues, especially those that affect lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people.

Portions of the above Couric-Palin interview can be viewed below. Palin's comments on gay issues come in at 7:29:

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