Sarah Palin, the controversial US Republican vice-presidential nominee, has said that she believes that being gay is a choice.
Palin, who is the running mate of John McCain in the presidential campaign, made the statement in a television interview this week with Katie Couric from CBS News.
“As for homosexuality, I am not going to judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships,” said Palin.
“…one of my best friends for the last 30 years happens to be gay and I love her dearly. She’s not my gay friend, she is one of my best friends who happens to have made a choice that isn’t a choice that I have made. But I’m not going to judge people.”
Palin, who is governor of Alaska, is said to oppose same-sex marriage and previously supported an Alaskan constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples.