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Jon Huntsman Supports Gay Marriage, Urges Republicans To Do The Same

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John Huntsman has changed his opinion on gay marriage.

The former GOP presidential candidate, who was against extending equal rights to same-sex couples as late as 2011, said today in an article for The American Conservative that it was important for conservatives to start pushing for gay marriage.

Huntsman writes:

“Conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry. I’ve been married for 29 years. My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love. All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience. Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience.”

The Ticket notes that Huntsman has long been in favor for civil unions but stopped short of supporting gay marriage. In 2011, Huntsman said that it would be “impossible” to “redefine marriage.”

But the Utah Governor has had a change of heart. Huntsman said that equal rights is a traditional conservative value and that the Republican party should support gay marriage.

Huntsman said:

“(Not only is that) the right thing to do … But the American people will not hear us out if we stand against their friends, family and individual liberty.”

Are you surprised to hear John Huntsman’s views on gay marriage? Do you think the Republican party should listen to him?

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6 Responses to “Jon Huntsman Supports Gay Marriage, Urges Republicans To Do The Same”

  1. Milford William

    Huntsman's support for gay marriage isn't due to some new found epiphany. Rather it's the same as anybody who's been duped into falsely believing that legally recognizing gay marriage is a good idea. It's been because of a compliant and sycophantic media that's far more interested in spreading propaganda favoring it's agenda – gay marriage – than in fairly and objectively reporting both sides of the issue as the media's supposed to do.

    The result is a number of recent polls showing a plurality to a majority of people supporting gay marriage. Whether it’s of conviction or fear, we don’t know for sure. However, the evidence suggests at least some of the latter, since the electorate in 32 states has voted down gay marriage every time it can enjoy the privacy and anonymity of the voting booth. No doubt many do so out of religious conviction or a vague sense that something about gay marriage isn’t quite right.

    No matter the reason, these outcomes are a good thing that should continue. Because, just like with smoking, same-sex behavior has serious health concerns despite those who would downplay, deny, or hide them to achieve a self-serving agenda. Approximately 20% of gay men have HIV. They also comprise approximately 50% of all AIDS in the United States, even though they’re only 2% of the population. Hepatitis, certain cancers, syphillis, gonorrrhea, ailments caused by bacteria in the intestinal tract, and bodily damage are all risks associated with same-sex behavior. Then there’s the elevated risk for emotional and mental illness. Though some researchers have attributed it to social disapproval, the problem occurs with the same frequency in the Netherlands, where same-sex behavior enjoys complete acceptance. Then there’s the instability. Male homosexuals remain non-monogamous, even in committed relationships, and both sexes are from 1.5 to 3 times more likely to divorce than their straight counterparts. Finally, there’s the origin of homosexuality. It’s not solely genetic, like race and gender. It’s also biologic and social, just like every other behavioral urge, meaning that if we encourage the behavior, through marriage or other means, the behavioral urge and the behavior are more likely to occur. Conversely, if we don’t encourage same-sex behavior but report its consequences, it’s less likely to occur, just like smoking.

    Given these facts of which it must be aware but won’t acknowledge, will the media reverse course, start doing its job, and tell the folks about the serious consequences of same-sex behavior, even if it’s recognized in marriage? Don’t bet on it – not while the Hollywood swells have a chokehold on the media, gay activists coerce and intimidate it, and leftists dominate its management and news rooms. Instead, the folks like you and me are going to have to do it. Using venues like these, we need to make the media’s biased and dishonest support for gay marriage so untenable and difficult that it will have no choice but to publish articles and editorials, which report the controversy surrounding gay marriage in a more objective and balanced way and keep misguided individuals like Huntsman from being duped into becoming shills for one of the biggest frauds perpetrated on the American public.

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  2. Alan Roy

    Don't have the answers to such questions, but I have met Jesus and been born again into the Kingdom. That's the best marriage you can have.

  3. Arthur Tang

    Huntsman was the only rational candidate among the entire posse of Republican White House aspirants, and not simply because he has a broader world view about social issues. His nuanced understanding of America's place on the world stage, his embracing of science (as opposed to scornful rejection of it), and his repudiation of ideologically driven dogma ensured his exclusion from today's Republican party.

  4. Carolyn Maricle

    He was the only one who was intelligent, rational and coherent so he didn't have a prayer.

  5. Bryan Talbot

    I really wanted him to be the nominee, and I might have voted for him. People like him are what the R party desperately needs to restore its viability, and not just be the Anti-Most-Everything party.

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