Michigan Republicans cancel speech by Gov. Huntsman

Michigan Republicans cancel speech by Gov. Huntsman

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Some Republicans in Michigan are telling Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman "no thanks."

Huntsman had been invited to speak at a fundraiser for the Kent County Michigan Republican Party. But when county party chairwoman Joanne Vorhees learned of his support of civil unions, she canceled the speech.

The governor's spokeswoman, Lisa Roskelley, says people are entitled to their opinions and so is the governor, even within the party.

"This party needs to be a place where many people feel comfortable and feel included," she said.

Roskelley says the Michigan state party chairman has called to apologize.

Gov. Huntsman is traveling to the Midwest this weekend. He plans a number of speeches.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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