Utah's Governor Supports Civil Unions

Posted by: Andee / Category: , ,


Late last night I was happily surprised when I read an article stating that Utah's Governor, Jon Huntsman, is in support of civil unions.

I remember taking a deep breath and thanking him silently for speaking out and being brave. Consider his position for just a moment...

He is the leader of one of the most conservative states in the union. The people who elected him are probably pissed as hell right now, and he could have easily kept his opinion to himself and caused himself less grief.

Instead, he stood up for something he believed in. I applaud him for it.

Well, as you can imagine, many members of the LDS Church and other conservatives are outraged. A woman and her children walked into the state capitol this morning with signs stating how angry they were that Huntsman was against their idea of what a family should be. I only caught the tail end of the television interview, but she said something like, "We are here to represent the children..."

I lost it.

Whose children are you representing, lady? What a freaking moron.

I still have a hard time understanding why so many people in this world are stuck on this issue. Equality is an easy concept. Isn't it?

Andee


2 comments:

  1. [kɹeɪ̯ɡ̊] Says:

    There was a rally tonight at the Capitol Building for equal adoption and foster care rights.

    There are 2000 children in state custody right now, and the legislature thinks it a good idea (you know to "protect" the children) to make it illegal for any non-heterosexual, non-married person to adopt of foster children. Tell me PLEASE how it is that not giving children a home, often with members of their own family is protecting those children? Does a child whose parent's just died care that their aunt lives with another woman, or that their uncle isn't marred to the woman he lives with?

    Marriage and adoption inequality are only about protecting the bigotry of the majority, not about helping children or families, because that kind of legislation directly harms children and families.

    Ever since the 2004 law outlawing gays and cohabitating heterosexuals from adopting, there have been 200 children per year who couldn't be legally placed with family members and who had to go into state custody instead (or at very best, a few of those kids will get to go to a married heterosexual (Mmormon) home instead of their family members). Tell me how that's protecting a child?

  1. purple-goat Says:

    I was pleasantly surprised too. It's a small step in the right direction.

    The woman who was protesting to "protect children" is just ludicrous. I agree that children would be better off with family members, rather than in state custody.