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).