By Brock Vergakis Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY —— A spokeswoman for Gov. Jon Huntsman says the Republican supports civil unions for gay people.

Utah is one of the most conservative states in the country and has a constitutional ban on gay marriage and domestic unions.

A gay rights group is pushing a series of bills this legislative session called the Common Ground Initiative seeking additional civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Utahns.

The governor’s support for civil unions was not made public until this week. Huntsman spokeswoman Lisa Roskelley confirmed Huntsman’s position on the issue to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. for androidпроверка пр