At that time, it was put out that Bristol will shortly marry the father of the baby, Levi Johnson.
Religious right, the Republican base was ecstatic over the Palin candidacy and over Bristol’s pregnancy. They were especially captivated by the fact that Bristol and Levi were going to get married, a kind of shot gun marriage.
While glossing over the fact that abstinence only sex education (Palin insists upon abstinence only sex education, she wants the whole country to teach teenagers nothing but abstinence) did not work in Bristol’s case, religious right was over the moon about the fact that Bristol was going to keep the baby and what is more, she was going to marry the father of the baby.
The shot gun marriage was an excellent political move. It made the rednecks happy, a vital part of the Republican party. That is how things are done in their neck of the woods. Shotgun wedding proved to them that Palin was one of them.
As to religious right, this supported their version of the Bible. While sex before marriage is a sin (there is an exemption for Republican politicians, of course), at least the mother is supposed to get married to the father. So it is a done according to the Bible (or at least Fundamentalist version of the Bible).
Well, that was then. Now the elections are over, there is no need to pretend any longer. They don’t have to cater to their far right base. So guess what? The Fundamentalist Christian couple broke up, the wedding is off.
In my opinion, the wedding was never on, it was just a political stunt, to placate the far right base. Now that the election is over, they waited for a decent time period (so that they won’t be accused of pandering to the far right base), then they quietly broke off the engagement. A smart political move, if blatantly hypocritical.
Conservative hypocrisy triumphs again.
Bristol Palin & Fiancé Split - Sarah Palin : People.com