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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 11 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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I agree with Huntsman's view. There is no harm in helping gay people to attain many of the asumed rights given to married couples. It is just too bad that we now have to listen to the gloating of intolerant pro-gay-marriage crowd. Anything we can do to weaken their claim that marriage is appropriate for gay couples is a step in the right direction.

Yes!

Nice to see some common sense and humanity rule the day. Good for you, Gov. Huntsman! I applaud your courage!

And all the venom and attacks will be arriving in 3, 2, 1....

Brother Chuck Schroeder

Well, back in the good ole daze, in Utah, then there folk there, could have more then one wife, today (other then the FLDS) they in Utah gripe about the people in the middle east having more then one wife, no matter how young she is, and still call themself a Red State?. Now, this same Red State of Utah, caves into, and, along with their elected leader, Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. supports civil unions, aka "same sex marriage", and the people in Utah allow it, support it, love it, can't live without it, well, all I have to say to this is this, I guess Utah is stir crazy along with cabin feaver from being locked up in-doors all winter long, and perhaps, because they are all bored to death with nothing else to do, dream about Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. supports civil unions and it really turns them on, so they just say "so be it" aka "amen", and let it rest in piece. Not peace. Perhaps them you need a vacation in Florida, to get away from this evil Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. that supports civil unions, and move your temple to here.

Lowell Steele

It might be useful to remember the language of Amendment 3, which, as was pointed out above, was approved by a substantial majority of the voters in Utah:
1) Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.
2) No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect.

Any time you try to give another relationship the same benefits now reserved for marriage, you are going to run afoul of the language of Amendment 3, which is now part of our Utah Constitution.

'Nuff said.

Andrew Sullivan

. . . is right!

Danny C.

I think I could support civil unions so long as dependent relationships like Deltabelle's were included. I don't want to know what goes on in anyone's bedroom, whatever their orientation, but I think civil unions should be offered to all good "friends" who want to (or may need to) live together.

Just don't try equating it to marriage, unless you're making a joke.

Movie Productions

according to Mr Roskelley civil union or the rights to be given by the movement aren't on the governor's top priority list which is "health insurance reform, alcohol reform and an effort to lure more movie productions to Utah." If Gov Huntsman wants to lure the movie industry here he would do well to bump up these reforms into his top agenda because the movie industry is largely in support of giving rights to same sex couples. And I wouldn't be surprised to see many hollywood machines boycott Utah the mormon's support on Prop 8. As well they should....

Nuff said

Lowell Steele said:
"Any time you try to give another relationship the same benefits now reserved for marriage, you are going to run afoul of the language of Amendment 3, which is now part of our Utah Constitution.

'Nuff said."

Any time a state enacts laws (including amendments to their constitutions that restrict access to legal rights to a certain class of people, it is going to run afoul of the language of the US Constitution, which guarantees equal protection. Apparently it isn't "Nuff said." Seems to me that there is plenty of room for a constitutional challenge to Utah's Amendment 3.

Mike M.

Thank you thank you thank you Mr. Governer. It is so refreshing to see a Utah Republican who stands up for freedom and not bigotry out of fear and hate! I am so proud to be a Utahn under this wonderful governor!

JHP

This comment from the Trib article rings very true:

Jeff Reynolds, spokesman for the conservative Salt Lake City-based Sutherland Institute think tank, which opposes the Common Ground Initiative, said he's "not surprised" by Huntsman's softened stand.

"He had to be dragged to the altar of Amendment 3," Reynolds said in an e-mail, "and everyone has known since then that Governor Huntsman would rather be nice than right."

Kudos to Gov Huntsman

Civil unions should be recognized. It is the fair and right thing to do.

Troy

Way to go Governor Huntsman! I'm glad I voted for you! And I'm glad that a common sense politician is in charge in Utah. Gay citizens deserve access to all the rights and protections of straight citizens. Let freedom ring!

Defense of Marriage

Nuff said:


"Any time a state enacts laws (including amendments to their constitutions that restrict access to legal rights to a certain class of people, it is going to run afoul of the language of the US Constitution, which guarantees equal protection. Apparently it isn't "Nuff said." Seems to me that there is plenty of room for a constitutional challenge to Utah's Amendment 3."


You are forgetting the defense of marriage act passed by congress

1. No state (or other political subdivision within the United States) need treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state.

2. The Federal Government may not treat same-sex relationships as marriages for any purpose, even if concluded or recognized by one of the states.

The bill was passed by Congress by a vote of 85-14 in the Senate and a vote of 342-67 in the House of Representatives and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996.




To A great person

What you really mean is that people who disagree with you are "racists, bigots and homophobes." Thanks for being our moral compass. It must be wonderful to be so lofty and have the privilege of judging others.

Re: Beesar

He is not a republican. Therefore you still haven't voted for a republican.

Gov?

Yah did the right thing. Now stand tall and firm and don't move. You got it right.

And a republican too... wow..... next thing you know we will have a black American as President. When that day happens you just know we are near the end or close to karma.....

His fever is rising

I detect a rise in his "Potomac fever." A moderate foundation for a run at the presidency is being put in place -- you can bank it. Oh, wait a minute, by then there won't be any banks ;-)

Appalling

I find it appalling that Huntsman supports equal rights for this minority group. What country does he think this is? America?

You Have 1 New Message

The Founding Fathers called. All men are created equal. If you have any questions, please refer to a document called The Constitution. Thank you.

David

Everyone needs to relax. The governor was confused the words civil union weren't on his test for the GED. What I would really like to know is what is Orrin Hatch's stand on this issue. Oh wait he has the same opinion as the governor he came out with it in 2004 when utah was voting on the ammendment. Yet everyone still loves him and everyone will forget about this and still love the governor. The LDS church also has said a very similar thing.

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