Rereading Huntsman’s article in support of gay marriage

By Stephen Richer

A friend today asked me about Jon Huntsman Jr.’s support for gay marriage.  That led me to read Huntsman’s article, “Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause.”  The former Utah governor / former U.S. Ambassador to China / 2012 Republican presidential candidate wrote:

The party of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan has now lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. The marketplace of ideas will render us irrelevant, and soon, if we are not honest about our time and place in history. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has focused on cosmetic solutions to, say, our underperformance among ethnic and young voters. This is a mistake: we cannot cross this river by feeling for stones. Instead, we need to take a hard look at what today’s conservatism stands for.  . . .

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. . . .

The party of Lincoln should stand with our best tradition of equality and support full civil marriage for all Americans.  (Full article)

Good stuff.  That’s why we put it in our “Recommended Reading” section along with other excellent reads on why Republicans/conservatives/libertarians should support gay equality.


2 thoughts on “Rereading Huntsman’s article in support of gay marriage

  1. Chris L.

    The Huntsman article is quite good. I had not seen it until this posting. Considering Huntsman’s successful record of conservative reform while governor of Utah, coupled with his personal skills and excellent presentation skills, the fact that he was so totally refused serious consideration by the GOP “base” in 2012 says much much more about the nature of the contemporary GOP than about Huntsman. A sad observation indeed.


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