Former presidential candidate and Utah governor Jon Huntsman will deliver the Fr. Thomas J. Furphy Lecture on October 24 at DeSales University on “Challenges Facing America Today,” according to a press release from the University.
Unfortunately, Huntsman is an advocate of same-sex marriage.
Last year, Huntsman was quoted in The American Conservative urging conservatives to support same-sex marriage. “There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love,” he said. “All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall.”
He said, “The party of Lincoln should stand with our best tradition of equality and support full civil marriage for all Americans.”
Huntsman is also co-chair of the bipartisan group No Labels, which seeks to “fix Washington” in part by pressuring Congress to compromise on economic issues and avoid controversial social issues like abortion. “We’re not staying away from social issues because we believe they're unimportant,” states No Labels’ website. “But for decades, these issues have been used as ‘wedge’ issues to fan the flames of a never-ending culture war. We are not interested in fighting it.”
Asked by The Cardinal Newman Society about the University’s policy on honors and speaking platforms, communications director Tom McNamara said, “Our policy is that, what you said, we would never honor a person who took a public stand against Catholic teaching. Also a speaker's topic should not address anything contrary to the Catholic viewpoint. We do not expect Huntsman's speech to violate that.”
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