Mrs Palin and her husband Todd said in a statement: “Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realise very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family.”
While this is a private family matter, I wonder what Republicans would have made of this had it been a Democrat VP who was a secularist? They targeted Chelsea Clinton as I recall. As if President Clinton’s antics were not enough on their own.
I would agree that this is a private family matter, that does not reflect on Sarah Palin’s ability to do the job of Vice President or be a mother. I remember when Dick Cheney’s daughter (lesbian) was brought up by John Kerry in a debate with George W. Bush. It is a type of politics we could do without.
Would be nice to think that politicians would also respect that how families choose to structure themselves too is a private matter. They may choose to get married, they may not. Incentives to get married is not the answer to solve social issues. Ending child poverty is the right way, but forcing reluctant people to marry is not the answer.
I just hope that having conceived at 16 Bristol actually wants to marry the father of her baby. That it is her choice. Which is what I mean by empowering women.