Same-sex Civil Unions? Republicans LOL.
[A similar story is posted at The Huffington Post HERE]
Oh, it was a rollicking good time at the House Majority press conference this week. Mark Miller of the Juneau Empire pointed out that only 30% of Alaskans were opposed to legally recognizing same-sex partnerships in some way. That means 70% of the population in our great state thinks that gay people should have the right to a legal union. That’s what they call, in statistical terms, “a ginormous majority.” In light of these overwhelming results, Miller asked the Republican House caucus if they would support legally recognized civil unions or domestic partnerships for same sex couples in Alaska.
He got his answer. It was, and I quote, “Hahahahahahaha!” Yes, hilarity ensued. Laughter erupted from those behind the microphones. Leading the bellowing guffaws were Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, and Rep. Craig Johnson (who was SO amused, he literally threw his head back). Once the amusement at the thought of civil rights for gay people died down, House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt commented that the caucus wasn’t really going to address that. What they were really focused on were “things that would allow people to have a great life.” Huh. I guess according to Lance Pruitt, either the right for your relationship to be legally recognized by the state doesn’t help make life great, or gay people are not actually “people.”
Here’s the video, courtesy of Alaska Commons. It’s worth watching.
Miller: I’m looking at a recent Public Policy Polling survey of Alaska that found that only 30% of respondents believed there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship in Alaska. I’m just curious – would the caucus support the idea of having domestic partnerships or civil unions open to same-sex couples?
Pruitt: Uhhh…. I don’t know if I saw that in our guiding principles. (Laughter dies down)
As you’ll notice, most of the discussion we had in here was related to um… they all intertie. Whether it’s economics… economics and its impacts on communities, whether it’s roads to resources, which is a lot of… I think what what’s is important about this caucus is that we focus on the things that really allow people’s uh.. allow people to have a great life. We’re not talking… we didn’t have a discussion here about what happens inside your home. We had a discussion here about whether you can live… uh… whether you can make money, you can… whether there’s a great economy, and whether or not you’re going to be… have the opportunity to live in Alaska with a great future. Now, your discussion on that? We didn’t talk about that, and uh… I’ll be straight. We did not talk about that particular issue, and that was not something that we said, “We’re going to make that one of our guiding principles!” It wasn’t something that came up in our discussion.
A gifted orator who can think quickly on his feet, Lance Pruitt clearly is not. Sifting through that large crock of word salad was revealing. In addition to not thinking legal unions contribute to a “great life,” we learn that either marriage or gayness apparently only affects you “in the home.” Neither does a legal union have anything to do with having a “great future.” Equality is not a “guiding principle” for the Republican House caucus, and neither is the overwhelming majority opinion of the voters. But hey, at least Lance Pruitt is going to be “straight.”