While she was praised for her veto of a bill that would deny same-sex benefits to State employees, don’t send up the rainbow flag too quickly just yet.
Palin vetoed Alaska Sate Bill HB 4001. Her advisers had told her that HB 4001 was unconstitutional. So rather than go through the court costs, she vetoed the bill. But, she signed HB 4002 – to put these benefits up to a non-binding vote of the people.
To summarize, Palin doesn’t believe in same-sex benefits but the bill as written was unconstitutional so she vetoed it to avoid any court costs that would come about as a result of the law. Then, she signed a second bill asking the Alaskan electorate to choose in a NONBINDING resolution.
The Alaska court ruled about a year before that the state had to provide those benefits to same-sex partners of state employees, but instead of just giving those benefits, Palin pushed for a nonbinding referendum on those benefits.
Alaska is a small place. The cost of the benefits to tax payers would have been about $313,000. The cost of the referendum was about $1.2 million. So she spent $1.2 million to save $313,000. Hmm, doesn’t sound too fiscally conservative to me. But then again, gay rights were at stake, and you just can’t put a price on defeating those.
In the course of all of this Palin used the words, and I am paraphrasing here, “Some of my best friends are gay people”. Yeah, I know.
Well, it’s nice to know that you can trust that some things will never change.