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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Shane Martin, general manager of the Human Rights Campaign store, dresses mannequins in VOTE Obama t-shirts Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in San Francisco. President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
More editorial reactions: Obama favors same-sex marriage ...

- It's about time for gay marriage — and Obama's support - Denver Post Editorial

We were glad to see President Obama abandon the middle ground he had so awkwardly carved out on the issue of gay marriage — as it was quickly becoming a no-man's land.

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Obama's support for gay marriage, announced Wednesday in a television interview, was late in coming, but is still an important piece of information for voters contemplating who to support in November. It was also the right position to take on this civil rights issue. ...

- Obama finally does the right thing on gay marriage - San Jose Mercury News Editorial

As Wednesday dawned, supporters of equal rights for gay Americans mourned a loss in North Carolina, where voters the day before had approved a vicious constitutional amendment that bans not only same-sex marriage but also civil unions.

Then Barack Obama became the first sitting president to utter these fateful words: "Same-sex couples should be able to get married."

Frustration turned to elation. And this day will take a prominent place in the timeline of American civil rights.

- President takes a risk as he makes history - Sacramento Bee Editorial

President Barack Obama's announcement on Wednesday that he believes same-sex marriage should be legal could cost him votes in swing states such as North Carolina, Ohio and Nevada, and, by extension, his re-election. That's what makes his historic announcement all the more significant. ...

- North Carolina vote doesn't change inevitability of marriage equality - Seattle Times Editorial

... Of the states, 42 have now banned same-sex marriage by constitutional amendment or by statute — and that is not the trend. It is a rear-guard action against the inevitable move to marriage equality. ...

- Obama evolves on gay marriage - Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times

Vice President Joe Biden's comments forced the president out of the closet on same-sex marriage.

- When politics finally catches up to culture - Charles M. Madigan, The Chicago Tribune

I have a collection of ancient cartoon films with unacceptable depictions of African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and women that I use when I teach media and society courses at Roosevelt University.

I keep them in mind when I ponder gay marriage and the aggressiveness it seems to prompt on the right wing of the Republican Party and in Christian evangelical circles. ...

- A presidential nod, finally, on gay marriage - Charlotte Observer

Was that so hard, Mr. President?

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