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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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Same views on same-sex marriage ...

The other day, we said this:

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

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... 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. ...

More recently, our esteemed colleagues in Ogden said this:

- The evolution of marriage - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

... It would make sense to have the government get out of the business of marriage, and concern itself with providing civil unions, which would protect the rights that couples earn -- as a family -- when marriage occurs. As for "marriages," those could be granted by churches or whatever organizations want to conduct "marriages." ...

Today, our old friend Boyer Jarvis said something else:

- Same-sex staddlers - Boyer Jarvis, Public Forumn, The Salt Lake Tribune

... No doubt The Tribune editorial board has gone as far as its circumstances will permit toward embracing the principle of true equality for everyone in American society, regardless of sex, national origin, racial identity, religious belief, sexual orientation, etc. ...

There is also this:

- Obama and marriage - J. David Gowdy, The Public Forum

And this:

- McNulty divorces reality on civil unions - Denver Post Editorial

House Speaker Frank McNulty steamrolled majority opinion Monday and saw to it that a bill legalizing civil unions was killed on the first day of a special legislative session. ...



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