Alaska’s GOP House Majority Caucus held a press conference on Friday to unveil a list of so-called “Guiding Principles,” which it says it will use as a “moral compass” during the current legislative session.
Reporter Mark Miller of the Juneau Empire brought to the panel’s attention a recent Public Policy poll that found only 30% of Alaskans opposed to any form of relationship recognition for same-sex couples; he then asked if Alaska’s House Republicans would support the legalization of domestic partnerships or civil unions.
The panel responded by literally laughing at Miller’s question. (Acknowledging same-sex couples and families? How absurd!) Once House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt was able to contain himself, he responded that no, they would not. After all, Pruitt said, the Republican House Majority Caucus is concerned with “the things that really allow people to have a great life,” not discussion of “what happens inside [one’s] home.”
Because remember, it’s not about basic protections like hospital visitation, the ability to inherit a partner’s estate in the absence of a will, or the right to take family medical leave to care for a sick partner. Domestic partnerships and civil unions are all about sex.
Enjoy your laughter while it lasts, Alaska Republicans, because the truth is that equality is coming — not just domestic partnerships or separate-but-equal civil unions, but full marriage equality. Relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples may be a controversial issue now, but demographically, it’s a done deal. Years from now, your poor children and grandchildren are going to be incredibly ashamed at the way you so haughtily stood on the wrong side of history.