Utah Governor backs civil unions for lesbian and gay couples

A spokeswoman for Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. [pictured], said Monday, that Huntsman backs Equality Utah’s Common Ground Initiative, a legislative effort that would provide some rights to gay and transgender Utahns. Even more, the Republican governor favors civil unions.

The Salt Lake Tribune says it’s a position that runs counter to his political party and against the majority of Utahns – 70 percent of whom oppose civil unions, according to a recent Salt Lake Tribune poll.

“He’s long supported many of the ideas that are presented within the Common Ground Initiative,” said Lisa Roskelley, the governor’s spokeswoman, noting her boss waits to endorse specific bills officially until presented to him in final form. “He supports civil unions.”

It’s doubtful Huntsman’s backing will lead to civil unions getting past the conservative Legislature. And it may not help the rest of this year’s gay-rights legislative push, which already has shrunk from four bills to two.

2 thoughts on “Utah Governor backs civil unions for lesbian and gay couples

  • February 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm
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    Why can’t people realize that this is 2009 & Civil Unions are going to be a common place for the LGBT comunity. In California back last November we tried for the Marriage Act with Prop 8, but the Church of LDS make damn sure that it wasn’t going to pass with all of the money they got to support Prop 8. They will to the same in Utah, especilly when Utah is full of LDS members. Why can’t they realize that there are gay people in their church itself. The missionnaries that ride their bike areound are pretty much gay themselves, you just have to look at them and the gay dar goes off. Come on people let loose alittle & let the Civil Act be approved.

  • February 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm
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    Nice to hear from a grown-up from that state.

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