Sources have confirmed that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain has selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
On gay issues, Palin has said marriage should be between a man and a woman, though also stated she has gay and lesbian friends and is receptive to concerns about discrimination. She complied with a state Supreme Court order to implement same-sex benefits for state government, signing them into law, after the previous governor’s administration had failed to comply. Her first veto after taking office was of legislation that would have barred same-sex benefits for partners of gay state employees.
Alaska has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, passed in 1998, and was one of the first states to do so.
Palin is anti-choice and a member of Feminists for Life, as well as a lifetime member of the NRA.
Palin took office as governor in 2006. Prior to that, she served on the City Council of Wasilla, Alaska (near Anchorage) and as the city’s mayor. She also served on the Alaska Conservation Commission, which regulates oil and gas resources in the state and served as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.
She has a reputation as a political outsider and ran her 2006 gubernatorial campaign on a platform of clean government. Once in office, she has also focused on education, public safety and transportation.