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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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Upon further review: Obama and same-sex marriage, Day 3 ...

A third day of editorial/commentary reaction to President Obama's announcement that he favors same-sex marriage. Leading today with a few different takes beyond a simple yes/no.

- Gay marriage: Civil unions for all would be better - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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President Obama’s declaration in favor of gay marriage is right in principle. Americans who promise to live together as a monogamous couple should enjoy the same legal benefits, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual. The Constitution’s provision of equal protection under the law enshrines this idea, and it should be extended to gay and lesbian people. However, we would achieve that result through civil unions for all couples, gay or straight, rather than through marriage.

Marriage traditionally has been a rite of the church, and it should remain so. The government should not have a hand in it. Rather, the state should sanction a contract between two people as a civil union. If, in addition to a civil union, a couple wishes to be married by a religious institution, that should be a matter between them and their community of faith. ...

- We have no time to talk gay marriage - Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial

... The president of the United States should be in crisis mode, scrambling to figure something out. He should be slashing expenses and seeking new oil. He should be working to remove needless barriers to prosperity. He should be acting like he understands the crisis we are in.

Instead, President Barack Obama is talking gay marriage, as if he has the luxury to do so. ...

- Same-sex banter aside, economy is critical issue - Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama finally "affirmed" his support for the right of same-sex couples to marry.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the nation ran a budget surplus for the month of April, the first since September 2008.

Guess which will count more in November? ...

- Obama says 'yea' to gays - finally - Steve Sebelius, The Las Vegas Review-Journal

It was from an American president the boldest declaration yet (which doesn't actually change federal policy): ...

And, from a newspaper that has so many opinions it needs two editorial pages every day to hold them:

- Affirming marriage rights - Chattanooga Times Editorial

... Barack Obama’s statement Wednesday in support of same-sex marriage for gay couples clearly puts him on the right side of history. ...

- Embrace the truth about marriage - Chattanooga Free Press Editorial

... Marriage has been defined for thousands of years as the union between a man and a woman. State governments have codified the contractual relationship, and many have constitutions that have been or will be amended to further protect that definition. ...

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