Vice-Presidential Candidates Get Vocal on Same-Sex Marriage

October 21, 2008
This week, both of the Vice-Presidential candidates made statements about their positions on marriage for same-sex couples. Republican candidate Sarah Palin spoke out about her support of a federal ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples during an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network.   Meanwhile, Joe Biden expressed his opposition to California’s Proposition 8, which would eliminate marriage for same-sex couples, during an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show. In her interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network (video below), which aired Monday October 20th, Sarah Palin was asked:
Brody: On Constitutional marriage amendment , are, are you for something like that?
Palin responded:
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.

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Joe Biden spoke out in strong opposition against Proposition 8 during the October 20th broadcast of The Ellen Degeneres Show. When questioned by Ellen as to his position on the California proposition to repeal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, Biden responded:
If I lived in California, I’d clearly vote against Proposition 8.
Biden went on to highlight his and Sen. Obama’s votes against the proposed Federal Marriage amendment, saying:
I think it’s regressive, I think it’s unfair, and so I’d vote no.

The two statements made by the Vice-Presidential candidates this week further clarify their views on marriage equality, which they had briefly discussed during their debate earlier this month. It is up to the media to continue to press the candidates - both Presidential and Vice Presidential - to further explain their positions on issues important to the LGBT community and how they plan to address those issues if elected.