As governor, Palin vetoed a bill that would have denied employee benefits to same-sex partners, but she later stated that she would would support changing that legislation. Otherwise, she has said that she supports a Federal Constitutional Amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, citing that traditional marriage is “a cornerstone of religion and civilization.”
5. Rand Paul
Rand Paul, a US Senator from Kentucky, is also vying for the Republican nomination for the presidency. Compared to his fellow politicians, Paul is fairly neutral when it comes to gay rights. He has, however, made some discriminatory statements in the past. To be fair, Rand Paul can be rather straightforward, such as when he said “I don’t think I’ve ever used the word ‘gay rights,’ because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior.”
Paul’s political agenda favors traditional marriage. Technically speaking, however, he is not against gay marriage, but supports “contracts between adults” for situations other than a man marrying a woman through a religious institution, much in the way that marriage has existed throughout history. He’s also stated that we need to keep marriage laws strict, implying that marriage equality could lead to bestiality.