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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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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Doug White, front, embraces his partner of 18-years Kip Swan as the two are married at the Salt Lake County offices on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. A federal judge in Utah struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage last Friday, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process.
Catching up: Marriage bombshell in Utah

Hey, there, everybody. I’ve been out of town for a week. (The Grand Canyon is beautiful this time of year.)

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— Utah should stand with the nation and accept gay marriage — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"Gov. Gary Herbert’s first statement after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby’s decision striking down Utah’s gay-marriage ban was a tell-tale sign. He said he was directing state lawyers to ‘determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah.’

"The ‘borders of Utah’? Do we really want to have our own set of individual rights separate from other Americans? Shelby’s decision recognized Utah’s right to define marriage, but he also made clear that the definition still has to fit within the U.S. Constitution. Amendment 3 doesn’t. ..."

— Massacre of marriage endangers the republic — Stuart C. Reid | For The Salt Lake Tribune

— A day of joy for many Utah couples, families — Ken Kimball | For The Salt Lake Tribune

— Independent federal judiciary is a cornerstone of Constitution — Robert J. Adler | For The Salt Lake Tribune


Meanwhile, over at The Deseret News, it sorta sounds like the Cuban Missile Crisis, where Khrushchev wrote a confrontational letter and a reasonable letter. JFK and RFK were smart enough to ignore the first and reply to the second.

— Judicial tyranny — First Deseret News Editorial

"The essence of judicial tyranny is when a single, unelected federal judge declares the laws and constitution of an entire state null and void with an opinion clothed in the barest of legal precedent. ..."

— Utah has historic opportunity with vigorous defense of marriage law — Second Deseret News Editorial

"... But self-governance rests on more than just the outcome of votes or court orders. It relies on a deeply embedded culture of civility, thoughtful participation in public decision-making, faithful adherence to legal process and visionary leadership. None of those was swept away on Friday by federal court order. ..."



— A historic day at the courthouse brings joy to many — Park Record Editorial

"Sometimes you get a rare opportunity to witness a bit of history in the making and when that happens, more often than not, you realize that momentous events are often carried out by regular people just trying to do the right thing. ..."

— Will the state respect the people’s will? — Provo Daily Herald Editorial (a newspaper that has mostly gotten out of the editorial-writing business)

"... we will watch and report those issues as they present themselves, but we urge residents to show respect to those on all sides of the issue and act civilly while our state works through this issue. ..."

— Some thoughts on polygamy, same-sex marriage and ‘Duck Dynasty’ — Todd Seifert |The St. George Spectrum

" ... A few readers have called a bit disappointed that the topic of same-sex marriage has been on the front page four days in a row. I’ve been able to have reasonable conversations with some and have just been yelled at by others. ..."

— Reaction by Herbert, others to gay marriage ruling is rotten — Gregory A. Clark | For The Ogden Standard-Examiner

— Idaho same-sex marriage rules unlikely to survive — David Adler | For The Idaho Statesman

— Gay marriage on the ballot, not in the courts — Denver Post Editorial

" ... It’s hard to believe Utah got there first."

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