February 15, 2009 by The Mormon Worker
This week I was happy to see that Governor Huntsman has expressed support for civil unions, which are currently banned in Utah. Huntsman is close with the leadership of the LDS Church, and perhaps had their explicit approval to support this position. Hopefully things will continue to move in a more positive direction than previously. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Here is a sentence you probably never expected to read: Utah’s governor supports civil unions. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., a spokeswoman said Monday, backs Equality Utah’s Common Ground Initiative, a legislative effort that would provide some rights to gay and transgender Utahns. Even more, the Republican governor favors civil unions. It’s a position that runs counter to his political party and against the majority of Utahns — 70 percent of whom oppose civil unions, according to a recent Salt Lake Tribune poll. “He’s long supported many of the ideas that are presented within the Common Ground Initiative,” said Lisa Roskelley, the governor’s spokeswoman, noting her boss waits to endorse specific bills officially until presented to him in final form. “He supports civil unions.” It’s doubtful Huntsman’s backing will lead to civil unions getting past the conservative Legislature. And it may not help the rest of this year’s gay-rights legislative push, which already has shrunk from four bills to two.