Palin Refuses to Acknowledge Coming Out Day

Recently, the pro-GLBT group Alaskans Together for Equality asked Gov. Sarah Palin for a proclamation that simply would acknowledge the day when gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people come together to say out loud who they are. Palin, happy to make similar acknowledgements for Christians,, construction workers, told gays no.

Here is the statement from Alaskans Together:

Gov. Palin has declined to issue a formal proclamation recognizing “National Coming Out Day,” in Alaska. Heartened by the Gov. Palin’s positive comments about gays and lesbians in the Vice Presidential Debate, Alaskans Together submitted a formal request to acknowledge the day, which is observed on Oct. 11 internationally by members of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered) communities and supporters.

“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…,” said Gov. Palin during the debate.

“Governor Palin called for ‘tolerance’, and we hoped she’d show that type of leadership as Governor with this proclamation,” said Alaskans Together President Marsha Buck. “Coming out is a difficult and deserves
recognition.”

So far in October 2008 Governor Palin has issued proclamations for: “Careers in Construction Week,” “10th Annual Christian Heritage Week,” “Biomedical Technician Week,” “Alaska-Taiwan Friendship Week,” “World Farm Animals Day,” “Breastfeeding Awareness Month,” and “Grand Opening of Rilke Schule Day.”

“We were asking for the Governor to acknowledge and recognize the dignity of openly-gay Alaskans. We weren’t asking for a policy position beyond simple acknowledgement.” Buck said.

She couldn’t agree with a simple non-policy acknowIedgement. I suppose Sarah Palin thinks gays aren’t like “us,” either.

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