Palin Breaks With McCain On Gay Marriage Ban

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - In an interview with CBN's David Brody, Sarah Palin signaled her support for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, a position that John McCain once described as "antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans."

"I am, in my own, state, I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I wish on a federal level that that's where we would go because I don't support gay marriage," Palin said.

"I'm not going to be out there judging individuals, sitting in a seat of judgment telling what they can and can't do, should and should not do, but I certainly can express my own opinion here and take actions that I believe would be best for traditional marriage and that's casting my votes and speaking up for traditional marriage that, that instrument that it's the foundation of our society is that strong family and that's based on that traditional definition of marriage, so I do support that."

When the federal marriage amendment was being debated in 2004, John McCain broke from his party's leadership and took to the Senate floor to denounce it in notably stark language.

"The constitutional amendment we're debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans," McCain said. "It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them."

Gay marriage isn't the only issue on which Palin and McCain have expressed differences of opinion. They have also diverged on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, global warming, cross-border raids into Pakistan, and whether abortion should be permitted in cases of rape and incest.

In a joint interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, McCain portrayed their differences of opinion on ANWR in a positive light.

"Did you expect two mavericks to agree on—to agree on everything?" he asked.

Though she has criticized Obama for his position on late-term abortion, Palin has lately kept the focus on the Democrat's tax plan, which she has said contains elements of socialism. Look for her to continue to hammer the Democrats on the economy as she campaigns across Colorado on Monday.
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    Scott Conroy is a National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics and a contributor for CBS News.

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