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Alaska Republicans Literally Laugh At Idea Of Civil Unions: VIDEO


Alaska's Republican-led House Majority Caucus really gave had themselves a good laugh on Friday, when Mark Miller from the Juneau Empire asked if their upcoming initiatives include civil unions or domestic partnerships to same-sex couples.

No, House Leader Lance Pruitt said after overcoming his giggles, of course they have no such plans. Civil unions are an issue Pruitt and company wouldn't deign discuss, and it's laughable to even suggest they would debate things that "happen in people's bedrooms."

Isn't that funny? The people leading a state don't care about equality because they think being gay is just about sex? What a riot!! I'm slapping my knee!

Watch the video, via Alaska Commons, AFTER THE JUMP. It's disgusting, but thankfully it's also short.

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  1. @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.

    Posted by: Huh? | Feb 17, 2013 7:54:05 PM

  2. Hey guys! How does it feel to be sliding down the trash chute of history with Sarah greasing the skids? Just wondering.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 17, 2013 8:02:06 PM

  3. @ 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.

    Posted by: JapethNoyes | Feb 17, 2013 8:32:55 PM

  4. @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.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 17, 2013 8:33:11 PM

  5. @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.

    Posted by: AKChris | Feb 18, 2013 1:58:00 AM

  6. @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.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 18, 2013 3:02:24 AM

  7. @Andrew, all I can say about that is COME ON JUNE 27th!!!

    Posted by: AKChris | Feb 18, 2013 3:13:47 AM

  8. 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.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 18, 2013 7:13:51 AM

  9. behold the American Taliban in all their glory...that's who they truly are!

    Posted by: Johnny | Feb 18, 2013 11:54:12 AM

  10. 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.

    Posted by: Rod Roddy lookalike | Feb 18, 2013 1:08:53 PM

  11. 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!

    Posted by: rk | Feb 18, 2013 1:35:51 PM

  12. Keep laughing in Alaska. It's just far enough away to have the right perspective. Laughter is the best medicine. "True coward?" Ha, Ha Ha....

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 18, 2013 3:00:35 PM

  13. 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?

    Posted by: GB | Feb 18, 2013 3:41:55 PM

  14. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 18, 2013 6:20:47 PM

  15. Be careful what you wish for. You'll find you're not more free but less.

    Posted by: GB | Feb 18, 2013 8:24:53 PM

  16. What bigoted, unabashed, douchebags.

    Posted by: grego | Feb 19, 2013 8:58:25 PM

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