GOP Responds to LOLing at Civil Unions
[A similar story is cross-posted at The Huffington Post HERE]
Well, that didn’t take long. Apparently, the House Majority Caucus got an earful, and learned that laughing out loud at the mere thought of Alaskans having legal recognition of same-sex partnerships was inappropriate. That’s what happened Friday during a press availability in Juneau.
Late this morning, a statement was released to the press by Majority Leader Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage) and Speaker of the House Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski). Caucus leaders were asked for their position on providing legal recognition for same-sex partnerships, a position which 70% of Alaskans favor. The question drew uproarious laughter from members of the caucus.
“I would like to make two things clear: laughter was not an appropriate response under any circumstances, and we regret and apologize for the reaction to that question. It was a serious question; it is a serious issue – and it is not something the Caucus has taken a position on.”
Pruitt had made clear during the press availability that the caucus only took positions on things that made life “great” like making money, and resource extraction. He added that they hadn’t discussed things that happen “in the home.” Pruitt apparently doesn’t realize that sometimes people remain married even when they’re not at home.
“I completely agree: laughter was inappropriate. However, it’s clear from the totality of the response and circumstances the laughter was in reaction to which legislator had to field the difficult question, and did not go to the merits of the issue.
“Regardless, laughter was not appropriate and for that we sincerely apologize.”
It’s not him, it’s you! According to Chenault, they were all just having themselves a good laugh at Lance Pruitt’s expense, since he was the one forced to talk about gay stuff in public. Hahaha. Get it now? See why it was so doggone funny? You just have to look at the big picture and the totality of the response to understand why you’re actually wrong, and have no right to criticize Chenault for laughing.
There’s nothing like an apology followed by a “however” followed by someone thinking you’re that stupid.
And just so you’re really clear on the circumstances and the totality of the response, have another look.