State Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Holland said Huntsman's statements have helped raise public awareness of the issues surrounding gay couples and "probably added to some open-mindedness," even among the minority party.
"As awareness nationally increases, and the Republican Party has leaders like Huntsman, yes, it will probably bring even moderate to conservative Democrats to what looks to be becoming the mainstream of this issue," Holland said.
Huntsman can expect a personal thanks for the opinions he expressed in Rich's column from Equality Utah's Will Carlson, who is scheduled to meet with the governor on Tuesday.
"Gov. Huntsman has always established himself as fair-minded," Carlson said. "So I'm pleased, but not surprised."
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