But I also want to clarify, if there’s any kind of suggestion at all from my answer that I would be anything but tolerant of adults in America choosing their partners, choosing relationships that they deem best for themselves, you know, I am tolerant and I have a very diverse family and group of friends and even within that group you would see some who may not agree with me on this issue, some very dear friends who don’t agree with me on this issue.
Tolerate: to put up with, to endure.
How nice she’s puts up with diversity. Except, she doesn’t even really do that. Despite the fact that she supposedly has a “gay friend” (that’s right, Governor, don’t say “lesbian” — you might catch it!!), she hasn’t shown much tolerance for the gay and lesbian residents of Alaska:
From Gay City News:
The McCain campaign has very effectively spun the veto to show Palin, 44, as sympathetic toward the gay and lesbian community.Palin opposes same sex marriage.A 2006 Anchorage Daily News story, said of Palin: “She’s not out to judge anyone and has good friends who are gay,” but that “she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment.”Some press reports following the McCain campaign announcement have repeated that right-wing rhetorical flourish that has Palin declaring that she has gay friends. That softer image is not what some Alaskans saw.“That’s just completely wrong,” said Allison E. Mendel, the attorney who brought the 1999 case. “She spoke on radio programs all throughout the campaign saying, ‘I want a constitutional amendment, I think these things are only for a man and a woman.’ … I don’t think she’s ever said a friendly word about gay people, that they ought to have health benefits like other people do or anything along those lines.”On AIDS issues, Palin simply has no record at all.“There is not a lot to speak of for AIDS policy because she hasn’t done much,” said Trevor Storrs, executive director of the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association. “She’s never been given the opportunity to address our situation here because it has never been put before her.”With roughly 1,200 AIDS cases, Alaska is a “low incidence state,” Storrs said, and most of its HIV funds come from the federal government.
Maybe there’s this impression that she’s friendly with teh gay because she basically looks like a bad drag queen’s impression of Tina Fey. I dont’ want someone in office who is basically saying she’ll “put up with” me, but in the same breath wants to take away my civil rights because of my orientation.
Will we ever meet “the gay friend”? Maybe she walked off that Bridge to Nowhere rather than publicly support McCain-Palin. Maybe … she doesn’t really exist at all.