Monday, February 16, 2009

GOP Governor Favors Same-sex 'Marriage' for Utah

Gov. Huntsman, saying last week that he supports civil unions with all the rights of marriage (a.k.a. 'Same-sex Marriage'), has baffled the media because Utah has a Marriage Amendment in place, and 70% of the population opposes 'same-sex marriage;' so far, the Gov. is hiding from the press.

-- From "Civil-union stance of guv spurs protests" by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News [Salt Lake City, Utah] 2/12/09

The day after declaring his support for civil unions, [Utah] Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. canceled a press conference and held other meetings at the governor's mansion rather than in his office in the Capitol.

Huntsman's statement that he backs civil unions "in the broadest sense" as well as the "Common Ground" legislative initiative intended to extend the benefits of marriage to gay and other couples sparked protests at the Capitol Wednesday that included lawmakers.

Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, was circulating a statement warning that civil unions in Utah "would threaten marriage and religious freedom." He was asking his fellow GOP senators to sign the statement if they agreed.

The governor had tried and failed in 2005 to push through a Senate bill advocating reciprocal benefits for non-traditional couples.

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