The video embedded below shows how Alaska lawmakers reacted. Uproarious laughter by some, around the 0:40 point:
Consequently, on February 18th, the Republican House Majority decided to issue a clarification. Both Pruitt and House Speaker Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) apologized, acknowledging that the reaction was inappropriate, but Chenault said that the laughter was prompted in reaction to which legislator had to field the difficult question, and was not intended to poke fun at the merits of the issue. Pruitt added that although it was a serious question and issue, it simply wasn't something the caucus had taken a position on. Read their complete statement HERE.
The bottom line: Alaska lawmakers are still more in tune with Alaskan opinion than Alaska Commons. The aforementioned PPP survey also showed that 51 percent of Alaskans still disapprove of gay marriage, and it was only last year that 57 percent of Anchorage voters rejected Proposition 5, a local gay nondiscrimination ordinance. Alaskans aren't anti-gay, but we don't believe gays deserve to be a protected class. And many of us simply don't believe marriage should be a civil right, since we also deny marriage to siblings as well as plural marriage.