Bristol Palin, the 21-year-old daughter of Republican leader Sarah Palin and a single mother, has criticized President Barack Obama over his recent announcement about supporting gay marriage in a scathing blog post and also took a swipe at the FOX series "Glee."
Obama told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he thinks "same sex couples should be able to get married," marking the first time a U.S. president has supported such a position. Obama said his daughters Malia and Sasha have friends whose parents are same-sex couples and that "it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently."
"It doesn't make sense to them and, frankly, that's the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective," said Obama, who had declared in 2004 that he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. His changed stance is likely to play a role in his Democratic party's re-election campaign ahead of the November ballot.
Bristol Palin said in a blog post on Patheos.com that "it would've been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that's not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that - as great as her friends may be - we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home."
"Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking," Bristol Palin. "In this case, it would've been nice if the President would've been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of 'Glee.'"
The FOX musical sitcom has featured openly gay characters and addressed issues such as equality and bullying. In 2010, Obama had taken part in the national "It Gets Better Project," a celebrity-backed video campaign launched after a series of suicides by gay youths who had been bullied.
Several cast members of "Glee," such as Chris Colfer, praised Obama about his new stance on gay marriage (see more celebrity reactions).
Famed Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour recently said on "The Colbert Report": "I am thrilled. There were tears in the office at Vogue today in the support of gay marriage. We're thrilled about the president. I think it's a long overdue endorsement, and we're honored that he's come forward finally."
Bristol Palin lives near her family in Alaska, where her mother served as governor. She was 18 when she gave birth to her son Tripp out of wedlock. Her teenage pregnancy was seen by many as a controversial issue during her mother's 2008 vice presidential campaign. The father of her child, Levi Johnston, is expecting a baby with his current girlfriend, Sunny Oglesby.
Bristol Palin has since the previous election garnered a fan base of her own and even joined Hollywood stars at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner. A year earlier, she competed on the ABC show "Dancing With The Stars" in 2010 (see photos).
She and her son are set to star in "Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp," which is set to premiere on the Lifetime cable network, whose programming is targeted toward women, later this year. Sarah Palin will also appear in person on the show, a Lifetime spokesperson told OnTheRedcarpet.com in March.