Alex Blaze

Sarah Palin's gay friends

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 08, 2008 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Alaska, book banning, censorship, ex-gay, LGBT, palin, pastor gay, Sarah Palin, sarah palin bans books, sarah palin homophobic, Wasilla

HRC went to Wasilla to find out about Sarah Palin's gay record, and here's what they found:

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The New Republic also did an investigation of her background in Wasilla and her tenure on the city council. They have more information on the book banning story:

As a rule, the city's department heads attended every city council meeting. One evening, as the session wound down, Palin mentioned to Mary Ellen Emmons, the library director, that something had been bothering her--a book she thought was overly indulgent of homosexuality. "She said there was no room in our library for that kind of stuff," recalls Chase. Emmons curtly disagreed, but Palin was adamant. She suggested the librarian could at least keep such books in the reference section, where visitors would have to request them. "We don't believe in censoring books," Emmons finally told her, at which point Palin trailed off muttering.

And her run for mayor borrowed heavily from extreme-right campaign tactics:

Within a few months, Palin was officially challenging Stein and exploiting the cultural shift masterfully. She welcomed a national anti-abortion group in to carpet bomb Wasilla with pink postcards affirming her pro-life bona fides. She orchestrated an NRA endorsement and a mailing from the group falsely proclaiming Stein, a lifelong hunter, "anti-gun." (Stein complained to the local newspaper that Palin was telling voters he wanted to "melt down" all the firearms in the state.) And, in a move practically out of Karl Rove's playbook, she dwelled on how Stein's wife used her maiden name, going so far as to demand a marriage certificate as proof of their nuptials. Palin's campaign literature proclaimed her "deeply devoted to conservative family values"--all in the context of an ostensibly nonpartisan election. (Stein himself was a moderate Republican.)

Upon winning, Palin moved quickly to punish her snooty tormentors. Days after she was elected, the city council became deadlocked over how to fill two seats--Palin's and another that had opened up when its occupant won higher office. Palin insisted on making her own appointments, a move of dubious legality sure to irritate Carney. When he objected, she simply cut off discussion. She later accused him of sabotaging her proposed candidates. As she explained to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, the local paper: "'It was brilliant maneuvering I had to do to deal with the impasse.'" "And," the same article continued, "the look on Carney's face when she appointed Steve Stoll and Dianne Keller told her the strategy worked, she said."

And she didn't forget that librarian who stood up to her about banning the gay books at the library:

Within a year, Palin had blown through her personal enemies list. She had demanded the resignation of Emmons, the librarian opposed to censorship (who successfully fought for her job), and Irl Stambaugh, the city's police chief. Among Stambaugh's crimes? Insufficient enthusiasm when Palin asked him to file a weekly report listing "at least two positive examples of work that was started, how we helped the public, how we saved the City money, how we helped the state, how we helped Uncle Sam," according to The Seattle Times.

Taken with her ex-gay promoting church, her opposition to insurance benefits for same-sex partners of state employees, and her support for Alaska's marriage amendment, I don't think that any amount of "tolerating" LGBT people should get her off the hook when it comes to homophobic extremism.

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The HRC needs to familiarize themselves with the political MO of the extremist pentecostal religion that supports Palin. There is much more scariness to this whole blip in Alaska than just Palin's personal homophobia. The New Apostolic Reformation aims to take over U.S. Government at every level. Their strategy is to get their people in office, then proceed to steamroll their policies into place. They also regard themselves as being above the law, since they view themselves as the "new" Apostles who are getting their directives direct from Jesus.

I am not making this up. Anybody who wants to know more about them can google on New Apostolic Reformation aka Joel's Army aka Third Wave. There's quite a bit of material on Huffington Post, as well as at and other sites.

For more of a backgrounder, readers can go to my recent post at

as well as my Bilerico archive for other posts.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 8, 2008 3:17 PM

Palin is incredibly scary and having her and McCain in the White House would be disastrous for LGBT people, not to mention practically everyone else in the country.

A vote for McCain/Palin is a vote for continued discrimination against LGBT people.

I don't disagree, but with the current economic situation, I think that any of us are fools to believe that we'll be given any sort of priority in the next 4-8 years. As they said in Bil Clinton's day, "It's the economy, stupid."

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | October 8, 2008 8:35 PM

Wow, the HRC just gained a bit of credibility with me for producing this and putting it out. Bravo to them!

And "Right on" to those brave residents of Wasilla who were ready to go public against Sarah Palin and appear on camera. Talk about courage!!! I salute you all.

Palin is a vicious bigot. There is no excuse for Log Cabin supporting her.