Jon Huntsman is Latest Mormon to Endorse Marriage Equality!

Today, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman joined the growing ranks of Latter-Day Saints who have come out in support of civil marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

“Over the last several years we have been seeing more and more Mormons from across the political spectrum come out in support of marriage equality,” said Spencer W. Clark, Executive Director of Mormons for Marriage Equality. “I am thrilled that Gov. Huntsman has taken this stand and hope that it will prompt other Mormons to join us in building stronger families by ensuring that same-sex couples and their children have access to the same protection and benefits under the law that my family has. As Huntsman stated, it’s the right thing to do and appeals to the American values of freedom of conscience and civil equality.”

 

*Post updated at 3:38pm to correct spelling of “Jon”

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3 Responses to “Jon Huntsman is Latest Mormon to Endorse Marriage Equality!”
  1. Hugh Mann says:

    The “gay marriage” question mixes two issues. One issue concerns all of the legal and financial rights and advantages granted by governments for two committed people which are normally associated with the relationship of a married man and woman. The other issue is the ceremonial aspect of marriage as a recognized relationship by the community, solemnified by the wedding ceremony. The fact is that there are many types of committed relationships besides heterosexual and homosexual unions. It should not be necessary to share a bed and engage in sex to qualify for legal recognition as a couple committed to each other’s care. It may be too late for this because of the publicity for recognition of gay marriage, but a better approach would be for governments to get out of the “marraige business” entirely and issue certificates of “legal domestic partnership” for any two individuals who make a commitment to live together and mutually pledge to care for the other. The question of marriage could then be left to the clergy or other official empowered to conduct a ceremony. Just as in the case of religious inter-marriages, some would be willing to conduct a ceremony and some would not. But the government would not be interfering with anyone’s personal beliefs. This may sound the same as “civil union,” but that term has become intimately associated with homosexual couples, so the term “legal domestic partner” is suggested as the best definition of the relationship. I particularly suggest this approach to Republican politicians, who may have more difficulty with their supporters in supporting “gay marriage.”

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