Western Opinion Sampler: Post DOMA, ergo Prop 8 ...
Published: April 1, 2013 04:15PM
Updated: April 1, 2013 04:20PM
Paul Fraughton | Salt Lake Tribune People gather at the amphitheater at Library Square for a vigil in support of gay marriage on March 25, 2013. Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled on Dec. 20 that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The man on the right is unidentified.

The Tribune wants to get with the program already:
After DOMA: Time to recognize same-sex unions — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
While the nine members of the United States Supreme Court ponder what will likely prove to be two of their more historic decisions, the leaders and citizens of Utah can start thinking about some choices they will need to make, too.
Just how far behind the rest of the nation, behind the march of history, do we want to be? And for how long? ...

The DNews, as William F. Buckley, used to say, wants to stand stands athwart history, yelling 'Stop!':
Too much at stake in same-sex marriage debate — Deseret News Editorial
Strip away the emotion and the political correctness from the debate about same-sex marriage, if you can (it's baked on pretty thick). What you're left with is a pell-mell rush to alter drastically society's most fundamental institution, without anyone knowing what the consequences of that change would be.
You're also left with genuine questions about the welfare of children, which ought to be of paramount concern. ...

The Standard-Examiner is prepared for the inevitable, but hopes for a minimum of disruption:
The court and gay marriage — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial
... the best solution is to respect federalism, and allow states to decide the issue. There’s little doubt that through the democratic process, gay marriage is winning.

The Daily Herald, lacking anything resembling an editorial page, posts a totally unscientific poll:
Defense of Marriage Act — Provo Daily Herald poll


Defense of Marriage Act remains indefensible — San Jose Mercury News Editorial
From the moment it was conceived, the Defense of Marriage Act was indefensible. The Supreme Court should send it to the dustbin of history, where it belongs. ...

Court should back equality — Arizona Republic Editorial
Public views on same-sex marriage have shifted so rapidly that acceptance of these unions is a matter of time, no matter what the Supreme Court says.
Nevertheless, there are constitutional questions the court should settle for the sake of fairness and inclusion for all Americans. ...

High court's hopeful tone on marriage — Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press-Democrat Editorial
... The central question was this: Does the U.S. government have any rational basis for denying benefits to legally married gay couples?The majority seemed to concur that the answer is no. ...

And, oh, yes, there's this:

Making marriage cool again — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune
In certain primitive societies, chieftains would lead ritual efforts to defend their world from the forces of evil. Even when that evil was a total figment of their imaginations.
The fact that the moon wasn’t eaten each month by an invisible dragon, or that the sun wasn’t going to disappear forever around the winter solstice, sometimes wasn’t fully grasped by good folks who would try anything, from dances and incantations to the sacrifice of a virgin, to protect their lives from being snuffed out by forces unknown.
Such was the scene the other day at the Utah Statehouse, when Gov. Gary Herbert and other medicine men gathered for a rally dubbed a Celebration of Marriage.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. ...