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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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DOMA, Prop 8 and why it's good to have more than one newspaper ...

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

Marriage equality: Utah’s law now on shaky ground — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling Wednesday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional will have little immediate effect on Utah’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. But there is little doubt that legal recognition of the right of gay men and lesbians to marry whomever they choose is in the Beehive State’s future.

As a matter of simple fairness, that’s the way it should be. ...

Because we’ve always done it that way — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

... Some people who stood up before the United States Supreme Court — and four of the people who sit on it — tried to argue that same-sex marriage should not be endorsed by any United States jurisdiction. And, despite reams of paper and megas of pixels, all they really had was, "Because we’ve always done it that way."

It wasn’t enough. ...

Lots of opinions on gay marriage are wrong — Barb Guy | The Salt Lake Tribune

DOMA ruling grounded in Constitution — Valerie Larabee

Jesus did not provide exceptions to greatest law — Mary Sheridan Janda

Oh, and: — A sad day for marriage — Brian S. Brown | National Organization for Marriage

From The Deseret News:

Ruling in DOMA case needless, thoughtless, damaging — Deseret News Editorial

This week the U.S. Supreme Court inserted itself into the heart of America's contentious and evolving national conversation about the nature of marriage. But instead of offering a thoughtful framework for the accommodation of the complex moral issues and the many legitimately engaged voices involved in that conversation, Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing on behalf of five justices, borrowed the phraseology of constitutional law to issue a polemical ultimatum against those who cherish how traditional marriage unites men and women for the benefit of children. ...

Gay marriage opponents stereotyped by ruling — Jay Evensen | Deseret News

In today's world, you don't have to search too hard to find examples of how supporters of traditional marriage are being treated as "unhinged members of a wild-eyed lynch mob," to use the words of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. ...

DOMA was meant to protect children, not 'injure' them — Susan Roylance

DOMA ruling brings back echoes of Roe v. Wade — Maggie Gallagher

And elseweb, from the West:

For gay marriage, a major advance — Denver Post Editorial

On gay marriage, the High Court catches up with America — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

Same-sex rulings promote equality and state authority ... for now — David Adler | The Idaho Statesman

Kansas and Missouri should drop restrictive, discriminatory laws — Kansas City Star Editorial

A victory for marriage equality at the U.S. Supreme Court — Seattle Times Editorial

Goodbye and good riddance to Prop. 8 — Los Angeles Times Editorial

California will soon be rid of the same-sex marriage ban, and most of the state's residents will never miss it.



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