They’re not laughing with you, they’re laughing at you. That appears to be what occurred in Alaska recently as the Republican-lead House Majority Caucus laughed off the idea of civil unions for lesbian and gay couples in the state. The laughter occurred while the GOP were rolling out their guiding principles, which appear to include taking as much as they can from the Federal Government while decrying anything like allowing the government to take any of that money back.
The exchange between Mark Miller of the Juneau Empire and House Leader Lance Pruitt went:
MILLER: I’m looking at a recent Public Policy Polling of Alaska that found that only 30 percent of respondents believe there should be no legal recognition of gay couples’ relationships in Alaska. I was just curious, would the caucus support the idea of having domestic partnerships or civil unions open to same-sex couples.
PRUITT: …We didn’t have a discussion here about what happens inside your home. We’re talking about whether or not you can make money, whether or not there is a great economy, and whether or not you’re going to have the opportunity to live in Alaska with a great future. Now, your discussion on that, we didn’t talk about that.
Unsurprisingly, the GOP never even considered enacting civil unions, and it seems unlikely that it will occur until after the US Supreme Court rules on marriage equality given the vehement hatred of LGBT rights out of the GOP.