The Gov Gives, and The Gov Gets

Utah Governor John Huntsman Jr released a statement a few days ago stating that he was pro both civil unions and other rights for homosexuals and transgendered people in Utah. Since then, he has received an enormous outcry from the public, both for and against.

While groups like Equality Utah (local) and the Human Rights Campaign (national) both came out praising the Governor for his stance on civil rights, other groups like the Eagle Forum and the Sutherland Institute came out hard against Governor Huntsman.

Mike Thompson, Executive Director of Equality Utah, said in a statement to the Salt Lake Tribune that he wants to make it clear that civil unions are not actually a part of the current Common Ground Initiative. “Equality Utah specifically dropped it’s bill regarding the second portion of Amendment 3 [which bans civil unions similar to marriage] to focus energy where common ground is clear,” Mr. Thompson said.

Many different groups, comments and email threads popped up on social networking sites, like Facebook. Many, including those started by All For One Initiative (Jacob Whipple), and PRIDE In Your Community (Me) asked members to write a quick note to the Governor thanking him for his brave stance, and posted a link to the State’s website to do so. But at the same time, groups like the Sutherland Institute also sent out threads to members asking them to do the exact opposite. “Governor Huntsman would rather be nice than right,” read the email they sent out, and they offered the same link to send the Governor not-so-nice comments.

What seems to be interesting about these different groups, is that while people like Gayle Ruzicka, Eagle Forum, Sutherland Institute and even many of Utah’s own legislators are bemoaning the loss of such a popular ally in their campaign against civil rights, the groups that praise Mr. Huntsman like Equality Utah are quick to point out just how ignorant their moans are.

The Common Ground Initiative is not now, nor has it ever been, a push for Gay Marriage. These bills provide basic protections for the gay and transgendered citizens of Utah, which multiple polls have shown the majority of Utahn’s support.

Utah needs to wake up. Because we are so very close to achieving some measure of equality in this state. And even (I hesitate to even say it) if the Common Ground Initiative bills were to all fail, it’s too late to turn back. It is too late for these pitiful little groups to stop the overwhelming tide of support for the LGBTQ community. And most of all, it is too late in history, people are too well educated to fall for the tired old arguments that these people seem hell-bent on leaning on.

Quotes courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by esetapolkadots on February 12, 2009 at 12:26 am

    πŸ™‚ i agree w/ everything you just said! WAKE UP UTAH! Catch up w/ the rest of the world! Don’t be afraid to stand w/ the minority, because the minority today will one day be the majority of tomorrow!!! πŸ™‚


  2. Posted by Dominique on February 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    History will prove Governor Huntsman to be right just as surely as history will prove Gayle Ruzika’s Eagle Forum, Paul Mero’s Sutherland institute, and their blind followers equally on the wrong side of history.

    There is a burning in my bosom as I hear Gov. Huntsman bear testimony for equality for ALL God’s children.


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