12/09/2011 09:00 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Jon Huntsman On DOMA: It 'Serves A Useful Purpose'

Jon Huntsman may have a more left-leaning outlook on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights -- at least compared to his rival GOP candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann -- but the former Obama-appointed U.S. Ambassador to China, who has never been in favor of marriage equality, has spoken out in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

As the Washington Blade is reporting, the Republican presidential hopeful said that DOMA "serves a useful purpose" in allowing states to decide the issue of marriage individually.

"It allows states to make their own decisions, to make their own way, and the Defense of Marriage Act, I think, is a safeguard for those states to make that decision," Huntsman is quoted by the Blade as saying. Acknowledging that some members of his party "might not always agree" with his opinion, Huntsman also reiterated his support for civil unions, saying he believes in "equality under the law."

Of course, it's not the first time the former ambassador has spoken out on LGBT issues. "I think redefining marriage is something that would be impossible and it's something I would not be in favor of," Huntsman told MSNBC's Morning Joe in June.

You can read Huntsman's full interview with the Washington Blade here.

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