GOP senator, son of Jon Huntsman, join Equality Utah board

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker and a son of Utah billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. are among new board members of LGBTQ-rights group Equality Utah. Equality Utah announced Monday that Sen. Steve Urquhart and James Huntsman had been named to the organization's Board of Directors. ...

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker and a son of Utah billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. are among new board members of LGBTQ-rights group Equality Utah.

Equality Utah announced Monday that Sen. Steve Urquhart and James Huntsman had been named to the organization's Board of Directors.

Urquhart, who is retiring from the Legislature, was the sponsor of Utah's 2015 anti-discrimination law protecting gay and transgender people from being fired or denied housing.

James Huntsman started film sales company Blue Fox Entertainment and spent 20 years at his father's Huntsman Corporation.

As a teenager in 1987, he was kidnapped at knifepoint from his driveway and forced to call his father to arrange a $1 million ransom. He was later rescued by FBI agents.

Attorney Michelle Turpin, a co-founder Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center, is also joining Equality Utah's board.

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