Buttars' Bills Facing Veto

The two bills that Sen. Chris Buttars of Utah has been pushing in that state legislature, one that is anti-evolution and one that would prohibit students from forming gay-straight clubs in public schools, may both be vetoed by the governor of the state:

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said for the first time Thursday that he'd veto a pair of controversial bills aimed at banning so-called gay-straight alliances in public high schools and at controlling what students are taught about evolution.

"If they look and feel like they did in earlier incarnations, I will veto them. We'll have to see what they look like when they reach my desk," Huntsman told the Deseret Morning News following his monthly press conference televised on KUED Channel 7.

Needless to say, Buttars is shocked - shocked! - by this development:

Both bills are sponsored by Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, who said he was surprised at the governor's veto threat. "Why doesn't he like them? What's wrong with them?" Buttars asked. "I find it amazing he'd make those kind of comments, and he's never asked to talk to me."

Awww, don't worry Chris. One day an elderly legislator will die off and you'll get a seat at the adult table on thanksgiving.

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Buttars whinges:

"I find it amazing he'd make those kind of comments, and he's never asked to talk to me."

Why should he need to talk to Buttars? I think Buttars' position is already abundantly clear and abundantly wrong-headed. If the language is really so innocuous and carries "no message", then why is Buttars even bothering at all?

To quote the article, "All states have their idiosyncracies." And all states have their idiots.