Condemn Alaska Lawmakers for Laughing at Gay Rights

LGBT Rainbow

Target: Alaska House Leader Lance Pruitt

Goal: Condemn Alaska Republican lawmakers for laughing when a reporter asked about legal recognition for gay couples’ relationships.

Republican lawmakers in Alaska laughed openly at a reporter when he asked if they’d consider recognizing same-sex couples’ relationships. There is nothing funny about this, especially considering that Alaska’s hate crime laws and anti-discrimination laws do not include LGBTQ people. A recent Public Policy Polling survey showed that 67% of Alaskans support some kind of legal recognition for same-sex couples, and that 51% of Alaskans believe that gay marriage should be legal. The question raised by Mark Miller, a reporter at Juneau Empire, was perfectly legitimate: would Alaska Republicans consider discussing civil unions or domestic partnerships between members of the same sex, since a mere thirty percent of Alaskans are against legal recognition of homosexual relationships?

Gay marriage, gay rights, legal recognition of LGBTQ couples: these are not laughing matters. They are serious issues, especially in Alaska where the laws leave these groups and individuals vulnerable to injustice.

Not only was their laughter unprofessional, but it’s disappointing. Alaska state lawmakers need to consider marriage equality a serious issue even if they do not personally believe in it. Sign the petition below to condemn Alaska State lawmakers that laughing at a reporter for asking about recognizing same sex couples’ relationships.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Alaska House Leader Lance Pruitt,

Gay marriage, gay rights, and legal recognition of LGBTQ couples are serious matters. Legal recognition of same sex couples’ relationships in Alaska is not something to laugh about, especially considering that Alaska’s hate crime laws and anti-discrimination laws do not include LGBTQ individuals.

The question raised by Mark Miller, a reporter at Juneau Empire, was perfectly legitimate: would Alaska Republicans consider discussing civil unions or domestic partnerships between members of the same sex?

Laughing at Mark Miller’s question wasn’t only unprofessional and unacceptable, but it shows a steadfast hold on conservative, close-minded values that do not effectively represent the beliefs and wishes of Alaskans today. A recent Public Policy Polling survey showed that 67% of Alaskans support some kind of legal recognition, such as civil unions or domestic partnerships between members of the same sex, while 51% of Alaskans believe that gay marriage should be legal, while only 30% of Alaskans are against legal recognition of homosexual relationships.

In responding to Mark Miller, once you were able to compose yourself, you stated that Alaska State Lawmakers are not there to “have a discussion… about what happens in your home.” Marriage equality and legal recognition of same sex couples is not a private matter; it is a public one, a ongoing political project that has the potential to de-stigmatize homosexuality or continue to systematically deny rights to many citizens and their families.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    LGBTQ people are human beings, thus LGBTQ rights are human rights which are serious and no laughing matter.

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