House leaders apologize for laughter

The caucus was asked whether they would address support for civil unions or domestic partnerships for same sex couples. (Image courtesy Gavel Alaska)

The caucus was asked whether they would address support for civil unions or domestic partnerships for same sex couples. (Image courtesy Gavel Alaska)

Leaders of the Alaska House are apologizing for the laughter that erupted from some caucus members when asked about same-sex partnerships.

During a news conference Friday to outline the caucus’ guiding principles, members were asked if they supported domestic partnerships or civil unions for same-sex couples. That drew scattered laughter.

In a statement Monday, House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt and House Speaker Mike Chenault called the reaction inappropriate.

Chenault said the laughter was in response to which legislator “had to field the difficult question, and did not go to the merits of the issue.” Still, he said it wasn’t appropriate and apologized.

 

The issue is addressed at :47 mark (Video courtesy Gavel Alaska)

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