While so many have worked to erase the unique circumstances of Sunday’s attack, particularly on the aspect of the sexual orientation and race of the victims, one GOP figure has stood up and said, “no more.”

Republican Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox elected to speak out on Monday in a way he had never done before. In the light of the loss of 49 lives in Orlando, Florida, Cox sought to recognize his privilege and apologize for the times he was blind to it. More specifically, Cox spoke during a Monday night vigil in Salt Lake City for the Orlando shootings to apologize for the times he had let homophobia and hate guide his thoughts and actions.

“49 Americans were brutally murdered, and it made me sad,” Cox said, his voice breaking. “And it made me angry and it made me confused. I’m here because those 49 people were gay. I’m here because it shouldn’t matter, but I’m here because it does.”

Cox told the audience that he wouldn’t pretend to understand what they, members of the LGBT community, are going through in the aftermath. Despite this, Cox said, he understands fear, sadness, rejection, and love.

Cox admitted that when he was young, he wasn’t always kind to gay individuals which is why he appeared before the crowd, voice breaking, to apologize.

We all have something to learn from this amazing and moving speech.



Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com