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

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Robert Oh

Thank you Governor, for you bravery and leadership.

Give us liberty oir death voters

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."

Of course theres plenty of room for a constitutional challenge but those of us who voted for it will not stand by as unelected Judges who wouldn't have voted for it tell us that their vote takes precedence over ours. Amendment 3 doesn't deny equal protection and anyone who says it does is a liar who wants to force those of us who disagree with them to bow to their votes and they want judges who would vote the same way as they did to back them up.

If we have to we can always amend the U.S. Constitution and then if your buddies on the courts try a fast one on us then we will abolish the constitution and kick their butts and yours. How about that tyrants?

Michael Hall

Thanks Gov.
It is great that Utah has a Governor that is capable of thinking for himself and considering all of his constituants. Myself and my partner of 42 years live a quiet life in West Valley. I know that my vote doesn't count in Utah because the people we elect time and time again have a closed mind and are prejudice and judgemental. By the way ICU and CCU are restricted to family visits only. We had that problem when my partner was in ICU because a nurse felt the need to make it an issue. Were not asking for much just a simple form of equality. Afterall we are the single people who pay more taxes to put your kids through school. I figure it's just Utah, I didn't choose to be born here or born gay.

Funny

What are you all surprised about? You thought that by simply voting for a "Republican" you'd get conservative governance?

You love making celebrities of the Mormon elite and think your adorations will be paid back to you by God's smiling favors.

Wrong!

Poke a hole in that bag over your head and put off this silly cultural behavior of making celebrities of people.

I want a humble, confident leader who shares my views; you pick an egotist.

Laura

ROFLOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Typical politician, got have it both ways!

So glad I didn't vote for him. What a joke.

You know though...the real joke will come after the next election when all the good little republicans will bahhhhh their way (like good little sheep) to the election booth and vote for him again.

I suggest that every person able to read this, read the Constitution of the United States....and then start voting for those who uphold it...or you can simply shut up and take more of what we have at this very moment.

Albemar

"Utah" & "Lowell Steele" asked for real examples of people denied access in the hospital, that's easy.

1 - Janice Langbehn & Lisa Pond from Olympia Washington. Lisa unexpectedly collapsed just prior to boarding a cruise ship in Florida and Janice along with their three adopted children were denied access by the hospital. Google It!

2 - Julie & Hillary Goodridge of Boston MA, the same. Julie gave birth to their daughter Annie, and Hillary goes with the new born. Hillary then leaves Annie to see how Julie is doing. Hillary is then denied access to see her spouse, Julie by the hospital. Hillary then attempts to go back to their newborn daughter Annie, and is denied access to her as well by the hospital. Google It.

Does this happen in real life? Is Utah any different than Florida or Massachussets? Yes, much less tolerant.

It's time for this so called "Compassionate" "Christian" state of Utah to quit denying the facts and get about the work of being compassionate. Otherwise these claims of caring about other human beings are just a bunch of lies.

Tim

I appreciate our Governors feelings that it is "important to have a communitywide discussion on these issues in a way that shows temperance and respect and an enhanced understanding." I am not apposed to some of this legislation. Even thought my personal feelings are that homosexuality is a sin. There are plenty of heterosexual sinners in this country also. I think we need to back away from some of the borderline hate groups on both the left and right in our country and be able to remember that these issues address real people and not just "them" or some faceless group and especially not the "enemy"

I hate to break it to you

But there are many adult LDS children who are gay. Treating them with dignity and respect would be the Christian thing to do, wouldn't it?

LDS supporter

Thanks, Governor Huntsman, for a reasonable response to a difficult issue. The proposal doesn't have a snowball's chance in August of making through the hidebound Utah legislature, but thanks for saying publicly what a majority of Utahns already think. Maybe someday.

Jason Fila

LBGTQ argue that important rights are being taken from them. That is obviously a red-herring, although I believe it appears to be true. We can get rid of the appearance if lawfully give them the same rights and protect them against discrimination in housing etc. Then they have no real argument. The real issue will then come to light: They way their relationships to be accepted on the same level that heterosexual relationships...they want society to celebrate gay relationships. They're seeking validation. I am LDS. I served a mission. I was a leader on my mission. I still do missionary work as a member. In other words I consider myself to be strong LDS. I am not against GLBTQ. I am against gay marriage because I believe it is forcing me to accept and even celebrate something that I believe to be morally wrong. However just like the LDS church has said I have no problem with them receiving the same rights and protections as heterosexuals have. Homosexual acts are sins, homosexuals are not sins; they are children of God. Let him whose life has been without sexual sin be the first to deny them their rights.

To Laura

Laura | 9:26 a.m. Feb. 11, 2009

"I suggest that every person able to read this, read the Constitution of the United States....and then start voting for those who uphold it...or you can simply shut up and take more of what we have at this very moment."


What part of the constitution did he go against? I have read it many times and refer to it often. I cannot find where Gov. Hunstman did anything against the constitution. Could you enlighten me?

to Tim

Thank you, Tim. I think you understand what America is about better than most Utahns.

Thanks again.

How refreshing...

I thank the Governor for restoring my faith in the common sense of people!

I am surprised and happy.

I thank the Governor of Utah for restoring my belief in the basic common sense of people!

I hate to break it to you

Yes everyone deserves to be treated with respect as a human being. That does not mean that all behaviors should be equally respected. It is sad to see people confuse these two so frequently, becoming less Christian in the process.

To Jason Fila

"I am against gay marriage because I believe it is forcing me to accept and even celebrate something that I believe to be morally wrong."


For all the LDS Canadians, Norweigians, Spaniards, South Africans - do they "celebrate" gay marriage? Have they stopped believing that it is evil?

What about the members in Connecticut or Massachusetts? Do they "celebrate" gay marriage? Do they now accept it in the LDS churches there?

Adams

We now see clearly that Mr. Huntsman is not a friend of the traditional family or a friend generally of conservative values. He has been a wolf in sheep's clothing. Unfortunately, there apparently is no recall procedure under Utah law (only impeachment). Thankfully, the state legislature better represents the views of the vast majority of Utahns who support the traditional family and do not want to erode marriage by granting marriage-like privileges to other types of arrangements.

We need to remember what Mr. Huntsman has said and done and demand in the next election cycle that a true conservative and friend of the traditional family is on the ballot instead of him.

Jud

My respect for our governor just shot up, and I think that would be true for most thoughtful people. It's a brave man who can stand on a principle of fairness and equity despite the bigotry that surrounds him.

To Adams

"Thankfully, the state legislature better represents the views of the vast majority of Utahns who support the traditional family and do not want to erode marriage by granting marriage-like privileges to other types of arrangements."


But if you have looked into what our church (LDS) is saying about civil unions, they are NOT against them. Why would most of Utahns be against them if the church is not?

Re: Albemar

I find it interesting that you worry about gays being denied visitation rights in Utah, yet you were unable to come up with a single instance where that happened in Utah.

Instead you had to cite a famous February 2007 incident from FL (which does not recognize same-sex unions). They're suing, we'll see what happens.

You also resorted to citing the well-known Goodridge incident in 1995 in MA. If you're so concerned gays are being turned away at Utah hospitals, where's the evidence? So to answer your question, yes Utah is different than MA and FL, but not in the way you suggest.

Another correction: Annie was not "their" daughter since Julie was artificially inseminated and Hillary had no legal relationship to Julie or Annie. Therefore Hillary was not "denied access to see her spouse" or to "their newborn daughter Annie." As you suggest..."Google it."

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