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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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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Same-sex marriage supporters gathered on the steps of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City to rally support for their cause Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
In the Punditsphere, Amendment 3 teeters ...

No wrecking ball needed to fell Amendment 3 — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door." — John Kenneth Galbraith

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"The state of Utah — or, more precisely, its stable of expensive hired guns — has made its final written plea to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in its desperate attempt to preserve the state’s anti-gay marriage referendum, Amendment 3.

"As an attempt to defend the indefensible, the filing is astounding — though far from alone — in its denial of just how quickly the consensus of the civilized world has changed on this issue. If these arguments are the best that Utah’s all-star legal team could come up with, the state would have been better off to just save its money and concede, along with the attorneys general of, so far, seven other states, that the debate is over. ..."

Notable Utahns form gay marriage advocacy group — The Salt Lake Tribune

"... Utah Unites for Marriage will be led by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, longtime former news anchor Terry Wood and Brett Tolman, who served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah. ..."

Support for same-sex marriage is increasing faster than ever before — The Monkey Cage | Washington Post

Natural family is the key to a free society — Paul Mero | For The Deseret News

" ... Only the natural family perfects other competing institutions. It holds the state in check. It suppresses selfish individualism. It gives practical meaning to the church’s transcendent virtues. And it creates a stable environment for industry and a moral context for free markets. The natural family is the fundamental unit of society because it provides a free society with equal amounts of stability and autonomy — with no more force than the force of culture and familial bonds. ..."

Same-sex marriage: now everyone can live happily ever after — Observer (U.K.) Editorial

" ... Heterosexual marriage is currently in an unhealthy state. More than 42% of marriages end in divorce and family breakdown is costing £46bn a year, often to the detriment of children. Same-sex marriages will face similar challenges endeavouring to navigate the rough times as well as the good. However, commitment is a healthy foundation for civic society and marriage is one manifestation of it. Same-sex nuptials have no more of a guarantee of longevity and contentment than their heterosexual counterparts, but in a tolerant, egalitarian society, every citizen, whether gay or straight, has a right to the chance of a marital happy every after if they so choose. ..."

The GOP’s schism on gay marriage — Denver Post Editorial

"In answering a question related to gay marriage last week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that the Republican Party, ‘in order to get bigger, will have to agree to disagree on social issues.’

"Actually, the Republican Party will have to agree to disagree on gay marriage if it merely wants to stay intact. That’s because Republicans increasingly disagree about the issue, with the fault line running between old and young. ..."

Sex, Gender, and the Familiar Fight Over Religious Exemptions — ProPublica (h/t Utah Policy)

"As conservatives grapple with the reality of gay marriage and the Supreme Court weighs whether companies should be forced to offer birth control to employees, it’s very clear: The conflict between religious freedom and gender/sexual equality has become "the most important civil rights issue of this time. ..."

Oregonians must vote eventually on same-sex marriage ban — The Oregonian Editorial

Let courts rule on same-sex marriage — Doug Ross | The Northwest Indiana Times

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