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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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On the Equality Front: Gay rights conquer beer and football. What else is left?

Wasatch Brewery’s new beer celebrates same-sex marriage — Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Just call it beer for change.

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"Wasatch Brewery is showing its support of same-sex marriage in Utah with a new beer that pairs two similar ingredients.

"Called Live and Let Live, the blonde pale ale was produced using "two beautiful malts and two wonderful hops, all fermented with a pair of yeasts," says Wasatch brewer Dan Burick. ..."

Gay athlete Michael Sam offers NFL a challenge, and a chance — Denver Post Editorial

"Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay offers both a challenge and an opportunity to the NFL — a challenge to the attitudes of the past toward gays and an opportunity to rise above them. ..."

Panic in the locker room — Frank Bruni | The New York Times

"A news flash for every straight man out there: You’ve been naked in front of a gay man.

"In fact you’ve been naked, over the course of your life, in front of many gay men, at least if you have more than a few years on you. And here you are — uninjured, uncorrupted, intact. The Earth still spins. The sun rises and sets. ..."

— Breaking the NFL’s gay barrier — Los Angeles Times Editorial

"... And as in other sports in which individuals broke barriers — Jackie Robinson comes to mind — it will take one tough-skinned person to start that adjustment. But it’s an adjustment that must be made, and it’s overdue in professional football. The question now is whether an NFL team will step forward to meet Sam’s challenge."

Kicked out for being gay — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

" ... It is cruel to abandon a teenager because they are not heterosexual. ..."

More good news for LGBT equality — Seattle Times Editorial

"U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that same-sex couples will be treated equally by the federal Department of Justice. Another step forward. ..."

Judge: Ky. must recognize same-sex marriages — AP / sltrib.com

"LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, according to a ruling Wednesday by a federal judge, who struck down part of the state ban that he wrote treated ‘gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.’

"In 23-page a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II concluded that the government may define marriage and attach benefits to it, but cannot ‘impose a traditional or faith-based limitation’ without a sufficient justification for it.

"Assigning a religious or traditional rationale for a law does not make it constitutional when that law discriminates against a class of people without other reasons," wrote Heyburn, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush. ..."



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