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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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(File photo | The Associated Press) Kody Brown poses with wives Robyn, Christine, Meri and Janelle in a promotional photo for the reality series "Sister Wives."
Extension of remarks: ‘Sister Wives’ win their day in court

— Judge wise to leave ‘Sister Wives’ family alone — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"Kody Brown has the same number of legal wives today as he had last week: One.

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"He still has no right to defraud women, children or the state, to have sexual relations with under-age girls or claim any rights, protections, recognition or government benefits that are not equally available to people who live with, are intimate with, or have children with people to whom they are not legally wed.

"What he does have, thanks to a wise and deeply thought-out ruling from Judge Waddoups, is some security that neither he, nor the woman he is legally married to, nor the other three women he has taken as wives under the tenets of his religious faith, nor any of the their children, will risk being torn asunder by a state prosecutor who might feel a personal, political or religious need to haul the lot of them into court. ..."

Federal judge declares Utah polygamy law unconstitutional — Jim Dalrymple II | The Salt Lake Tribune

— Judge Waddoups’ ruling via Scribd.

Trib Talk: What now for Utah’s polygamous communities?

Laws on Mormon polygamists lead to win for plural marriage — Peggy Fletcher Stack | The Salt Lake Tribune

"The very type of laws used by federal marshals to bust up Mormon polygamous families more than a century ago are now being criticized by a U.S. judge as unconstitutional in a ruling that, if it stands, could allow Utahns to live with plural partners.

"What has changed from then to now, observers say, is society’s attitude toward sex. ..."

Not everyone is happy about this:

Former polygamist women critical of plural marriage ruling — Jim Dalrymple II | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Colorado City, Ariz. • As Kristyn Decker woke up early Saturday morning, she thought she was going to have a good day. Then her phone beeped. ..."

— Plural marriage — Texarkana Gazette Editorial

"... The shared moral code that has held our society together for so many years is broken. It seems there is no such thing as common decency anymore. We have replaced it with an attitude of ‘whatever feels good.’ And while we are sure some may see that as a positive thing, we do not."



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