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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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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.
Western Opinion Sampler: Post DOMA, ergo Prop 8 ...

The Tribune wants to get with the program already:

After DOMA: Time to recognize same-sex unions — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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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. ...

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