Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to speak at Equality Utah dinner

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Former Utah governor, ambassador and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, will be honored at the Equality Utah Allies Dinner on Sept. 27. They, along with Idaho Sen. Nicole LeFavour, will provide special remarks. 

“This is an historic moment for Utah’s LGBT community, as well as for all residents of our state, as we move closer to making everyone feel welcomed and respected. Few elected officials in Utah have done as much to foster civility and understanding as Gov. and Mrs. Huntsman,” said Equality Utah Executive Director Brandie Balken. “They are beacons of hope for Utah and the nation. Together with the LDS Church’s 2009 support for anti-discrimination laws, the Huntsman’s efforts bridged increased understanding and support of Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.”

Trevor Southey, Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and Ogden residents Rev. Theresa Novak and Anne Spatola will also be honored for their extraordinary efforts in increasing understanding about, and securing equal rights and protections for, LGBT Utahns.

The Allies Dinner is the largest indoor LGBT gathering in the Intermountain West and has featured California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, and Bishop Gene Robinson. The event provides the primary source of funding for Equality Utah’s statewide advocacy efforts to secure equal rights and protections for LGBT Utahns and their families. The dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Salt Palace. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to equalityutah.org/alliesdinner.

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  1. The former guv is being honored at Equality Utah's annual dinner. See? They like some Repubs after all.

  2. I understand in a state like Utah where Republican = Mormon = everything, there are bound to be moderate Republicans, what is the reality with Huntsman? And I don't mean the rainbow washed reality … is he being honored because he truly is awesome, or because he's less offensive? What's his position on DOMA, DADT, ENDA, immigration, adoption, choice? Seriously asking – while I saw him as a less offensive Republican presidential candidate, he is still in a political party with platforms based upon hate. I'd like to have a reason to be less skeptical about him.

  3. Am I reading correctly that he supports a constitutional amendment banning abortion, opposes equal marriage (but is for civil unions), supported the repeal of DADT, has vowed to veto any funding for Planned Parenthood, says would want to appoint anti-choice judges but wouldn't oppose a litmus test. I can't find anything on DOMA or ENDA or other LGBT issues. Seems to me that 'awesome" is pushing it, especially if you are female or gay, but I can see why someone said "If you are gay and going to vote Republican (why in the world you would do that I don't know), you should probably vote for Huntsman)." If I had stayed in Utah, I might see Huntsman as a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel. Personally, I'm glad I'm out of the tunnel so I don't have to settle for someone like him.

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