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Published: Friday, July 24 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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ridiculous

i would like everyone who supports huntsman for president to answer this question for themselves: was he ever considered good for the white house before he supported gay civil unions? be honest with yourselves. had you ever heard mention of that as a possibility before of his pro gay stance? no, and that is the point. he changes his veiws whenever it suits him. i didn't vote for obama, and i think he stands for all the wrong things, and could only support him as president, never agree with his veiws, but at least we can say he is consitant.

@ ridiculous

Actually, I don't think Huntsman has ever changed his views about civil unions for homosexual couples. Before being Governor I don't think he had ever made an official statement about the issue. I could be wrong because I haven't read everything about Huntsman but I really don't think his stance on moral issues is as pliable as you claim.

He has always stood firm in his opposition to gay marriage since as a religious man he consideres marriage to be a sacred religious ceremony reserved only for heterosexual couples. This however, is not the same as legal recognition of a household which is basically what a civil union is.

In fact, one could argue that as a religious ceremony, no state or government has the jurisdiction to recognize any marriage because of its religious nature. Once could argue that a state or government only has jurisdiction to recognize civil unions of households under common law.

Huntsman may not be as extreme right or 'true conservative' as some neocons like but he has greatly improved our State's image during his tenure as Governor and in my opinion served the state well the majority of the time.

me so angry

thats great for jon... congrats... he should have stayed in utah and completed his comitment before embarking on a career abroad... "no happy ending"

Cats

I think a Mormon can win the Republian nomination. I just don't think a Mormon from Utah can win. I think Mitt has an excellent chance next time.

Roland Kayser

Barry Goldwater was pro-choice and pro-gay rights. Was he a liberal? Are those the only issues that count?

Pinstripes & Religion

Wow, nice pinstripes!!

As for a Mormon not being able to win in the Bible Belt, I think it's ridiculous that people in that region of the country rule out a perfectly fit person for the presidency based solely on his membership in the LDS church.

How ridiculous would it be for me to go around saying I would never vote for Huckabee simply because of his evangelical ties? While I disagree with him on some spiritual or religious issues, he is still a good man. People down south need to grow up!!

Superdell's taxpayer paid lawyer

Congrats to the new Ambassador. He will help this country as we navigate the tricky relationship with China. He will be much better than our last ambassador who spoke no Chinese and was only appointed because he was the previous President's roommate in college. Look it up.

T_H_R_O

I'm sure Bennett and Hatch relished being in the general vicinity and associated with such a popular politician.

Anonymous

I certainly hope Huntsman's focus is on working with the Chinese in improving human rights and international relations and not in opening up China for the missionaries. His job is to represent government and not the LDS church. It would be very disingenuous to think that he would have that goal in mind with his new appointment.

Debbie from the Bible Belt

In response to the person who posted this: As for a Mormon not being able to win in the Bible Belt, I think it's ridiculous that people in that region of the country rule out a perfectly fit person for the presidency based solely on his membership in the LDS church.
My comment:
It isn't that "PEOPLE" in the Bible Belt wouldn't vote for a Mormon...It is because the leaders in their churches preach false doctrine and hate about the Mormons. The preachers are afraid of us and think we are stealing their members. Then they try to discredit the Mormon faith and people with false information. In my town (Austin TX) the ministers and preachers have classes in their churches on how the Mormons are not true believers in Christ. How funny is that...our church would never hold classes on to discredit other faiths. My children have many friends that aren't LDS. They admire the standards that we uphold. They are confused when their ministers say these things about Mormons they know are good and have good values.

Just my 2 cents.

proudamerican

If opening up China to LDS missionaries is accomplished as merely an incidental part of his job, fine. But his role there is to represent the current administration, not the LDS church. Huntsman's intended focus on fixing the climate is quixotic, nutty, and pointless--particularly given the extreme unlikelihood of persuading a developing nation like China to replace cheap sources of energy (and hence prosperity), like coal, with more expensive sources. That said, I wish him well in his assignment.

j

sad that so many people in utah can't recognize the great contributions of Jon Huntsman. So many conservative Utahns forget all the great things he's brought to and done for the state of Utah and remember his support for gay civil unions. It is sad that he is so disparaged after having done many great things for Utah. Utah's ungrateful loss is everyone's tremendous gain in a qualified ambassador to China.

The Church in China

Missionaries will soon be allowed in the largest country in the world, China. We need to be prepared to serve missions there. As 1/4 of the world's population is in China, a doubling of our missionary force will be required. How are we going to get there? Need more sister missionaries, need more couples serving. Exciting times!

Ted

Jon Huntsman is an educated, informed, polished, well-prepared leader who will represent the U.S. in China extremely well. What he may do in the future is irrelevant...just like the far right wing of the Republican party. But should he decide to run for office again he will have my full support.

I wonder

Really people, there is a lot of spouting off at the mouth here. Think deep and hard, why would a man who is hell bent on destroying this country and everything it stands for choose a Latter Day Saint to go to China. Seriously, think about it, I do agree with some of you, I think that he is trying to eliminate the potential competition, do you think that he would do the same thing if Huntsman was an atheist and still good at what he does? I do, I also think that the global warming thing is a crock, anybody in their right mind knows that the earth goes through cooling and heating phases and that as much as we would like to think differently, we are not the end all of influences on this planet towards global warming. Just my thoughts looks like I spouted a little to.

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