A press release just sent out by the Human Rights Campaign on behalf of Alaskans Together for Equality says that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (who, by the way, is also the Republican vice presidential candidate), has declined to issue a proclamation recognizing Oct. 11 as National Coming Out Day in Alaska.
Well, imagine that! Aren’t you surprised?!
According to the press release, Gov. Palin has, so far this month, issued proclamations recognizing “Careers in Construction Week,” “10th Annual Christian Heritage Week,” “Biomedical Technicians Week,” “Alaska-Taiwan Friendship Week,” “World Farm Animals Day,” “Breastfeeding Awareness Month” and “Grand Opening of Rilke Schule Day.”
Rilke Schule is the Rilke Schule German School of Arts Sciences in Anchorage, Alaska. I looked it up.
Alaskans Together President Martha Buck said, given Gov. Palin’s declaration of “tolerance” for LGBT people in the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate, it is especially disappointing that the governor would not sign the NCOD proclamation.
â€œWe were asking for the governor to acknowledge and recognize the dignity of openly-gay Alaskans. We werenâ€™t asking for a policy position, beyond simple acknowledgement.â€ Buck said.
I understand their disappointment in Alaska. But surely they weren’t really surprised. I mean, tolerance only stretches so far, you know.