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  1. Maguita says

    Ladies and Gentlemen, may I please present you with the true unabashed face of the GOP.

    No matter their conciliatory statements after losing the election, no matter how much some from the party try to lean center, it is beyond their control, members of the GOP are divided in two:

    – Those who think that only the white Christian (supposed) straight man shall inherit the American soil, while of course, the non-white, non-straight shall work hard to pay taxes the benefit of the GOP.

    – And those who are masochistic blind-to-the-death idiots. Those who try to convince you (and themselves) that GOP is all inclusive. We know them, and pity them. For those would never realize that they are not any part of the GOP than the rest of us are, and are simply puppets to suit that ridiculous GOP purpose.

    Really sad. When you think of the LGBT community in Alaska watching this while the rest of the states are given at least a fighting chance to gain equal rights. I wanted to say give Alaska back to Canada, but that state would then have to become LGBT friendly in a nanosecond.

  2. David says

    While reading this i was hopeful that they were laughing at the idea of civil unions because they are pushing for full on marriage. Needless to say I was disappointed.

  3. David says

    While reading this i was hopeful that they were laughing at the idea of civil unions because they are pushing for full on marriage. Needless to say I was disappointed.

  4. scott says

    Does anyone think it odd how many times he said “We are not talking about it”, “that was not in our discussion,” etc. ? He kept repeating it over and over… like he was either embarrassed or overly-determined to make sure NO SINGLE LIVING ALASKAN would think for a second they would even consider discussing civil unions or partnerships. It just seemed so odd.

  5. candideinnc says

    Mr. Jindal’s remark seems appropriate here. This is another example of the Stupid Republicans. They have such a tin ear for things that really work against their success in the political arena. They are so fundamentally incompetent that they don’t recognize when their self inflicted pratfalls are the reason they are losing elections. They didn’t need to humiliate themselves with such apparent bigotry here. They just can’t restrain themselves.

  6. AKChris says

    As an Alaskan, all I can say is thanks to all of those fighting in states where it is now legally recognized and the last week of June us gays in Alaska are going to get the last laugh.

  7. AKChris says

    As an Alaskan, all I can say is thanks to all of those fighting in states where it is now legally recognized and the last week of June us gays in Alaska are going to get the last laugh.

  8. jamal49 says

    Aguita, study your American history. Alaska was purchased by Sec’y of State, William Seward in 1867 from the Russian Empire. It went through various names before finally being known simply as the Alaska Territory. It came into the Union in 1959 followed by Hawaii.

    Regardless, I hope everyone, including our reprobate GoProuders and LogCabinettes, see this video. If there is ever a reason to oust the GOP from power in the federal government in 2014, then this is it.

    This interview shows the GOP in the security of knowing that they are electorally untouchable. Alaska used to be a fairly libertarian state until the mid-1980s, when evangelicals and other malcontents began to take over the Alaska State Republican Party, turning it into a nightmarish version of the Reich Wing of the Republican Party.

    It’s time to put every last Republican in this country and especially in Alaska on notice. No more using LGBT people as scapegoats and worthy of ridicule because we clamor for full civil equality.

    Get rid of the Republicans. By whatever means necessary.

  9. JamesInLA says

    @AKCHRIS – Is something happening in Alaska in the last week of June, or do you mean the Supreme Court? If you’re banking on a Prop 8 decision that will affect Alaska, you might want to have a backup plan. There are a variety of possible outcomes in that case, and the one you’re looking for is a 50-50 shot, at best.

  10. AKChris says

    @Jamal,
    It is the Supreme Court and there are many potential outcomes. And one of them is that these clowns will be eating crow. I believe in Olson and Boies.

  11. RWG says

    If the equality argument does win at the Supreme Court and Prop 8 and DOMA are overturned, you can bet your buttons that before sundown that day the calls for a Federal Constitutional Amendment banning all recognition of gay unions will begin. If the decisions are released in the morning, the calls for will begin before lunch.

  12. Jim Brown says

    Considering that these are the leaders who represent the people who elected Sarah Palin as their Governor, I think THEY are the ones who should be laughed at. No worries. It will come, by and by.

  13. Dback says

    Notice how their whole ideology revolves around “making money.” That’s freedom for them–the freedom of laissez-faire (environmental laws or worker safety/protection be damned), and nothing else matters. Mind you, domestic partnerships, or civil unions, or marriage all affect how you are taxed on your money, how much you can leave your partner, health benefits, survivorship, child custody, and a host of other issues. But for these guys, none of that matters–“freedom” for the Republicans means the freedom to make pots and pots of cash. It’s a 2-dimensional view of the world.

  14. Dback says

    Notice how their whole ideology revolves around “making money.” That’s freedom for them–the freedom of laissez-faire (environmental laws or worker safety/protection be damned), and nothing else matters. Mind you, domestic partnerships, or civil unions, or marriage all affect how you are taxed on your money, how much you can leave your partner, health benefits, survivorship, child custody, and a host of other issues. But for these guys, none of that matters–“freedom” for the Republicans means the freedom to make pots and pots of cash. It’s a 2-dimensional view of the world.

  15. Huh? says

    Those guys were laughing as if domestic partnerships or civil unions were the most absurd thing ever. What they didn’t realize is that domestic partnerships are already recognized by many Alaskan cities and towns such as Anchorage, Sitka, Wasilla, Palmer, and yes, even Juneau.

  16. says

    If we don’t know by now what Republicans stand for then we deserve the Stupid Award.

    The GOProuds are lacking all self respect and must be stripped of their entitlement to be called members of the gay community.

    These clowns in Alaska supported Palin in “The Rise and Fall of the House of Palin”…..and they are the best and brightest of the Republican Party……laughing gnomes in their snow garden.

  17. Francis says

    I agree with Capetom. I want this to go viral, go national. Especially given this is about civil unions and not that magical word “marriage” that a lot of people still have issue with. This is going to be very much cut and dry hate with most people, and hateful these bigots sure are. I’m sure Alaskan gays already know what they’re up against, as does the gay community in any conservative state, and really, with the majority of politicians in general.

    Politicians are not our friends unless they prove it over time; something to remember going forward. We need to be done groveling to politicians. Instead, support the ones who are solidly pro-gay, either in office or prospective pro-gay politicians, and expose the anti-gay bigots and run them out of office.

  18. Maguita says

    Thank you for correcting me regarding Alsaka, for obviously, I did fall asleep often during history. Will have to brush up on all things Alaska pronto!

    That being said, and snark aside, how can anyone who has read or listened to the news in the past 18 months think that GOP goes with Proud. What are they proud of exactly? The butchering of all things American in the name of a man-made deity is nothing to be august about. Especially when the actions of most representatives of that party are very much in opposition of said deity’s teachings.

  19. Thomas Alex says

    @JAMESINLA

    There’s only two options, either they overturn Prop 8 or they don’t. If they overturn Prop 8, they can’t apply it to just California. The question before the Court is whether the US Constitutions 14th Amendment guarantees a Right to marry for Gay and Lesbian Americans. If they rule it does, then that will bring down all bans nationwide.

    Ten years ago the Court ruled a Constitutional Right to homosexual sex. Ten years is plenty of time to evolve and apply the same ruling to Marriage. Not to mention, Justice Kennedy would love to be remembered as the Justice that ended the last Civil Rights struggle of our Great Country.

  20. says

    There are more than 2 options with Prop 8, @ThomasAlex; there could be a broad ruling but there could also be a narrow ruling. And the DOMA case only deals with Section 3 which is about gay couples who are already married. Not that positive decisions wouldn’t speed up the trajectory towards full federal marriage equality, but there’s no guarantee or even the expectation they’d bring equality to all 50 states in June. That said, @Josh, the reality the Alaskan gigglers are up against is that they’re on the wrong side of history and they’re dinosaurs. So the last laugh will be on them. And, no, relationship equality has little to do with sex, as anyone in a longterm relationship can tell you.

  21. Pigs says

    The best thing you can do is refuse to visit that backwards state so that they lose out on tourism dollars. If they’re going to treat gays like crap, then they don’t deserve our money.

  22. FFS says

    @Josh: How many hours a week do you spend having sex? What do you do with the rest of your time?

    You’re still gay when apply for a job. You’re still gay when you lease an apartment. You’re still gay when you file your taxes, or for insurance benefits, or when you sit thru probate court. These brain trusts want to complicate, if not flat out deny you, your participation in all of those things that affect your real life as a person – aspects of life that are common to every person regardless of whom we do or do not have sex with – because of the small fraction of our lives we spend sharing a bed with a person of our same gender.

    Get it, now?

  23. Josh says

    FFS: It takes a lot to make a Republican laugh. I’m sure your laundry list wasn’t at the top of their minds. Anal sex can be a real gut buster to some. Remember, you’re only as “gay” as you reveal yourself to be. If you have gay sex you are gay, no matter how little “hours” you do it. These things you mention have never been a problem for me. Got it? Enjoy being gay. The least you can do is have more sex.

  24. Rick Christopher says

    I am reminded of the history of other civil rights struggles and the absence of the tawdry record behind some of the failures to act or the reasons for acting in a certain way by those who opposed the extension of civil rights to others in our society. We can be thankful that videos such as this create a PUBLIC RECORD of the scorn and disrespect Republicans have in Alaska toward other citizens in their state. These kinds of video tapes will be helpful in highlighting that the Alaska GOP is a party that fosters bigotry and contempt for many of its citizens just like the GOP AND Democrats did in the US many years ago. Today, though it is white people mostly in the GOP, let’s remember that it took some courageous GLBT people to push Democrats to embrace full GLBT equality. It was not in the DNA of Democrats to do it prior to that time. So, I wonder, what critical mass within the Alaska GOP will emerge to achieve this belated equal rights goal just as it took Democrats far too long to provide the courageous leadership on this issue? I may be disgusted with the GOP, but it is tempered slightly that I cannot be hypocritical by forgetting that we Democrats don’t have an unblemished history either. Keep the cameras rolling on these kinds of public displays of hate and bigotry!!!

  25. Huh? says

    @Pigs

    See my comment above. Why punish the whole state? There are obviously pro-gay people in Alaska, as evidenced by domestic partnership registries in cities and towns across the state.

  26. JapethNoyes says

    @ HUH?

    I agree with your point about not punishing the entire state. Alaska, as you rightfully point out, does have quite a number of pro-gay people, and even the occasional actual gay person like myself.

    However, I feel the need to correct a few of the things you posted:

    There are NO protections for LGBT folks in Alaska. Not at the state or local level. No domestic partnerships, no civil unions, no benefits, no protections from being fired or evicted just because you’re gay or your boss or landlord thinks you look gay. The sole protection is an executive order (easy to rescind by the next governor) prohibiting discrimination based on orientation in STATE employment only.

    I live in Anchorage, and there have been efforts to get such protections on a local level for over two decades, the last attempt only a year or so ago. It brought out the wingnuts and fundies in droves, was passed by the Anchorage Assembly, but vetoed by the mayor, because there was “no evidence of discrimination”… Which there couldn’t be, because without sexual orientation being covered, the various employment and civil rights agencies can’t file claims for it. Kind of a nice Catch-.22 for them.

    At any rate, thanks for not rushing to judgment on the whole state, but please don’t spread misinformation. People need to know exactly how crummy the situation is here and in other backwards states.

  27. Bill says

    @AKChris: While you are free to believe in Olson and Boies, don’t forget that Scalia has one more vote than they do combined. With so many 5/4 decisions, it’s hard to have much confidence in any prediction of the outcome on this one.

    PS – a different guy posted as “Bill” previously on this thread, just in case there is any confusion.

  28. AKChris says

    @Bill, in this case, Scalia doesn’t have one more vote than does the side predicted to win for equality. Kennedy has authored each and every LGBT positive case that has come from the court and the Chief Justice helped in mock trials on the pro-LGBT side of the Lawrence v Texas case. We could always lose, or win a modest victory, but we have great potential to win big this time.

  29. andrew says

    @AKCHRIS: I hope your faith in Justice Kennedy is correct. I am often the glass is half empty kind of guy, so I worry about the health of Kennedy and Ginsberg who are both 76 and Breyer who is 74.

  30. Francis says

    I’m in the same boat as Chris, and really, at least 1/2 the country if not more than half. Where marriage rights are completely off the table unless SCOTUS makes a broad ruling. Which is likely not going to happen but it does set up more legal battles in the future even if there is a narrow ruling on Prop 8. This fight is going to take years, not months. I mean, still barely over half of people support marriage equality. Washington and Maryland are two true-blue states and we only won 52% of the vote in both states. We’re winning but we’re still in a dogfight and we can’t overestimate where we’re at right now. The hate is real. Right now the best for us to do is be vigil, be hopeful, yet be realistic and fight very hard.

  31. Rod Roddy lookalike says

    Seemingly – repeat, SEEMINGLY – they (AK GOP-majority controlled legislature) are speaking out of two sides of their own mouths at the same time. While implying they’re not going to even consider putting the issues up for a vote (an implicit statement). As far as the words said goes, they can also imply that they truly don’t care what other people do in their bedrooms, thereby begging the question, “If you don’t care what other people do behind closed doors, then why all the resistance to gay marriage/civil unions and/or domestic partnerships?”. Very likely, they don’t have any(sound, logical) reasons. That’s OK ‘s called HYPOCRISY.

  32. rk says

    If this isn’t reason enough for you as a gay American, then I don’t know what is: This is the reason we must all vote in 2014 and 2016 and mobilize for 2014 to remove Republicans from office. It is that important!

  33. GB says

    Sounds like some are more interested in the benefits than the marriage. Especially when the love and sex wears off. Not that much different from many hetero couples. Is that what we’re “fighting” for?

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