Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-president nominee, has said that she would support an amendment to the US Constitution to bar gay and lesbian couples from marrying.
Palin, who is the Governor of Alaska, made the comment in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“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,” she said.
“I wish on a federal level that’s where we would go. I don’t support gay marriage.”
The “Federal Marriage Amendment,” which sought to amend the constitution, has faced bipartisan opposition in the two houses of the US Congress, both of which have voted it down twice.
“Sarah Palin is out of step with the majority of Americans, nearly 60 percent of whom are opposed to writing discrimination into the US Constitution,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.
“Her view stands in stark contrast to the ideals that make America great: freedom, opportunity, and equality. These are the tenets upon which our nation was built.”
An August 2008 poll from TIME Magazine shows that 58 percent of Americans believe that the US Constitution should not be amended to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.