Your GOP Primary Guide
BY Michelle Garcia
January 10 2012 4:00 AM ET
Former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman
Public Policy Polling as of January 8: 16%
On Marriage Equality:
Huntsman is on the record as supporting civil unions, but he still says that the Defense of Marriage Act is necessary as a "safeguard" to ensure states can each decide. Since Huntsman sees marriage as a state issue, it's no surprise he declined to sign pledges from the Iowa Family Leader and National Organization for Marriage that would have committed him to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage. Huntsman rebuffed both pledges, saying he doesn't sign pledges as a rule.
On Gays' Adoption and Custody Rights:
In 2008, Governor Huntsman signed three gay rights bills into law, including one that made it a felony to abandon a child, namely for his or her sexual orientation. The law also holds accountable organizations — like churches — or people who coerce parents to abandon their children or kick them out of their home.
On HIV/AIDS Funding or Advocacy:
As governor, Huntsman signed into law the Control and Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases bill, which allotted $175,000 to boost education of STIs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, in 2008. The bill was a watered-down version, which reduced the cost of the program and barred such education from public schools.
On Workplace Discrimination and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act:
While governor of Utah, Huntsman endorsed a package of legislative proposals to protect LGBT people from discrimination. The package never passed the legislature.
On Bullying in Schools:
In 2008, Huntsman signed into law an antibullying and antihazing bill, after narrowing down the definition of bullying and removing language that encouraged students and parents who witnessed bullying to file reports with school officials.
On International Gay Rights and Hillary Clinton's U.N. Address:
The former ambassador to China under the Obama administration said the United States should get its "house in order here in terms of how we treat one another, the respect we feel for one another, getting our economy back on track and fixing our core. If we can do that, I think the rest of the world will pay us a little more attention."
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