GOPer Apologizes To LGBT Community At Orlando Vigil: ‘My Heart Has Changed’ (VIDEO)

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, Spencer Cox looks on after Gov. Gary Herbert announced Cox is his pick for the state's new lieutenant governor during a news conference, in Salt Lake City. Cox will face his f... FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, Spencer Cox looks on after Gov. Gary Herbert announced Cox is his pick for the state's new lieutenant governor during a news conference, in Salt Lake City. Cox will face his first confirmation hurdle to becoming Utah's new lieutenant governor at a state Senate hearing Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Earlier this month, Herbert tapped the 38-year-old Cox, a freshman Republican legislator and telecommunications executive, to serve as Utah's second-highest state official. Cox is set to replace Greg Bell, who announced in September he was stepping down. If the committee approves Cox on Tuesday, his appointment goes before the full Senate for approval Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) MORE LESS
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Utah’s Republican lieutenant governor surprised many with his speech at a vigil for victims of the Orlando shooting on Monday, where he apologized for his previous attitude and actions against LGBT people, KSL.com reported.

Addressing a crowd mourning the 49 people who were shot early Sunday morning at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox acknowledged that as a straight, white, Republican man, he was not the most obvious choice to speak at the vigil.

But Cox said he was extremely moved by the event and felt the need to apologize, KSL reported.

“I grew up in a small town and went to a small rural high school,” he said, according to the news site. “There were some kids in my class that were different. Sometimes I wasn’t kind to them. I didn’t know it at the time, but I know now that they were gay. I will forever regret not treating them with the kindness, dignity and respect — the love — that they deserved. For that, I sincerely and humbly apologize.”

Cox said that in meeting LGBT people he has been educated and gotten to know and love many people from that community.

“Over the intervening years, my heart has changed,” he said, according to KSL. “It has changed because of you. It has changed because I have gotten to know many of you. You have been patient with me. You helped me learn the right letters of the alphabet in the right order even though you keep adding new ones. You have been kind to me.”

The lawmaker went on to say that there are no easy solutions to the problem of gun violence. He posited that it could not be solved by politics, only kindness, quoting both Jesus and Mohammed.

“May we try to listen more and talk less,” he said, according to KSL. “May we forgive someone that has wronged us. And perhaps, most importantly, try to love someone that is different than us. For my straight friends, might I suggest starting with someone who is gay.”

Watch the full speech below, with Cox’s speech starting at 38:32, via the Salt Lake Tribune

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  1. Slow clap.

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  2. That’s nice dear…but are you going to actively fight the GOP to stop the bigotry or are you going to be one of those fair weather friends I keep hearing about.

  3. This act of contrition is welcome, but maybe it’s something in the water in Utah.

    Donald Trump’s brash swagger and outlandish behavior have made him so unpopular in Utah that a new poll shows the state could swing to Hillary Clinton in November, potentially becoming the first time in 52 years that a Democrat has won the Beehive State.

  4. Bravo! Really. This is no baby step. Good for him.

  5. That was powerful and heartfelt. I understand he is in favor of assault weapons ban,

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