Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, who has long opposed same-sex marriage on the basis that marriage should be “between one man and one woman”, and is known for her support of “traditional” family values, is now getting a divorce.
While campaigning to be Alaska’s governor she supported amending the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage and continued to fight after it was legalised, pushing for continued support of the Defence of Marriage Act. She said: “I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defence of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law.”
Palin became known for her support of “traditional” family values when she became John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race. When it came to same-sex marriage she voiced even stronger opposition than McCain did, saying that she would support a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality, rather than the state-by-state ruling suggested by McCain.
Her husband of 31 years, Todd Palin, has reportedly filed for divorce citing “incompatibility of temperament” which makes it “impossible to live together as husband and wife”. Court documents show that the couple have asked for an equal separation of assets and debts, and shared custody of their 11-year-old son Trig, who has Downs syndrome.
As news of Palin’s divorce emerged, her detractors pointed out the irony of the situation given her ardent defence of heterosexual marriage as “a cornerstone of religion and civilisation”.
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