More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Jon Huntsman latest conservative to prove marriage equality is a bipartisan issue
On Thursday, Jon Huntsman, a former 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former governor of Utah, wrote an op-ed for The American Conservative in which he voiced his own support for marriage equality and urged other conservatives to do the same.
"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," Huntsman wrote in the op-ed. While Huntsman has been criticized in the past for his lack of action on LGBT issues, it was a huge step for him to publicly support civil unions for same-sex couples during his time as governor in one of the most conservative states in the nation. At the time, 70% of voters in Utah opposed civil unions. In 2008, he signed into law the "domestic-partnership registry," which allowed counties and municipalities to extend employee benefits to "dependent or interdependent adult designees" (i.e., same-sex unmarried partners).
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage