SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The republican governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman Jr., is dropping a big, fat political bombshell right in the middle of the state capitol.
He is endorsing same sex civil unions, and that has made Huntsman a hero to some Utahns and a traitor to others.
ABC 4 asked Huntsman, “You support civil unions?”
Gov. Jon Huntsman replied, “Well, its something I have given a lot of thought to and the answer is yes.”
And no sooner had Utah’s governor said that, then the state Senate’s only openly gay member Scott McCoy said, “He knows the Utah legislature. He knows the Utah public. I think coming out in favor of a civil union was a courageous act.”
Which in no way should be confused with this answer from the Utah Eagle Forum’s Gayle Ruzicka.
ABC 4 asked Ruzicka, “Your reaction?”
Ruzicka replied, “Shame on him.”
The governor told ABC 4 he’s been thinking about this issue for years, and, he adds that now is the time to find common ground.
“I believe in traditional marriage. I always have. But I also believe there’s more we can do in terms of enhancing those individual rights for others,” said Huntsman.
I’ve heard some people refer to Jon Huntsman as “the best Democratic Governor the State of Utah has ever had.”
Even though I don’t agree with all of his policies and personal beliefs, Governor Huntsman has done more to help improve the image that Utah has in the rest of the nation over the 4 years than any other governor (Republican or Democrat) has done in the 160 years since the Utah territory was formed, and in the 112 years since Utah became a state.
Legalizing gay marriage is not an option in Utah, since the Utah State Constitution was amended by Prop 3 a few years ago … but Huntsman’s support of civil unions will be a huge step forward; especially if he can get it through the Legislature.
Unfortunately, the Legislature, and most citizens of Utah have a long way to go before they come to the same realization.