Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. has something to say about gay marriage, and it’s not what one might expect from such a prominent conservative. In an article he wrote on TheAmericanConservative.com, Huntsman takes a critical look at what today’s conservatism stands for. More importantly, he takes a stand on marriage equality:
Today we have an opportunity to do more: conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry. 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 also discusses marriage equality in the realm of religion. He makes the point that religious institutions will not be forced by the state to recognize gay marriage, reinforcing the prominence and importance of the separation of church and state.
Great work, Jon Jr. Does this mean we can put Safe Space stickers on the front doors of Huntsman Hall?
It’s official. If you didn’t know it before, you do now. Jon Huntsman is one steamy meat dumpling! The AARP has ranked the Penn alum and former presidential candidate among the 21 sexiest men over 50. Ow ow!
We can’t say we’re very surprised. All the while this “hippest dude in the conservative crowd” was running for office, we were just picturing how that salt-and-pepper hair would translate onto the $50 bill. (Grant, I’mma let you finish, but Movember was like seven months ago.)
Aside from our favorite 52-year-old Chinese ambassador, the AARP list also includes George Clooney (quick, everyone act surprised!) and last year’s commencement speaker Denzel Washington.
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Well, there goes all hope of having a POTUS from Penn (at least for 2012). According to ABC News, Jon Huntsman is giving up his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination because he “did not want to stand in the way” of Mitt Romney’s chances of beating Obama. The New Hampshire third-place finisher is now the fourth GOP candidate to drop out since the campaigns began.
We’d like to take this time to remind Huntsman that his next career move could start with OCR. Fancy a visit back to Penn, Jon?
Jon Huntsman was in a band! Yeah! A big hair, wailing guitar, “eff da man” garage band! Huntsman appeared on Letterman last night and feigned discomfort when David pulled out a photo of the presidential hopeful glaring under a mane of tangled locks among his bandmates. Jon eventually got himself up to the task of playing some hotel lobby standards (You know, jazzy chord progressions and glissandos), and it was all pretty charming. Why weren’t the girls there to accompany him?
Meanwhile, Hunt asked hard-hitting questions, like whether Huntsman thinks he can win New Hampshire. At first, Huntsman said he “can win New Hampshire.” But after some poking and prodding, Hunt got Huntsman to say he “will win New Hampshire.” Hunt also wanted to know why New Hampshire voters get to see so much of Huntsman’s daughters. Just your typical Penn elbow-rubbing.
Last year we wrote about Gloria Allred, hotshot celebrity attorney who went to Penn. Well, she’s back in the news because she’s involved in a sexual harassment lawsuit against GOP front-runnerHerman Cain.
While our friends across the state are dealing with their own scandal, Allred’s stirring things up in Penn’s waters. Her client claims that Cain “suddenly reached over and he put his hand on my leg under my skirt.” Cain’s response is that “the Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations,” and his withdrawal from the presidential race “ain’t gonna happen.”
Huntsman Hunt: Colbert Edition — That's right! Set your TiVos or tune in to Comedy Central tonight at 11:30 p.m. for The Colbert Report. Huntsman is set to be a featured guest this evening, according to the Huntsman daughters' Twitter.
Update: A Penn junior will also be on the show! Even more reason to watch!