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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) Supporters join Utah Unites for Marriage at City Creek Park in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday, June 25, 2014, to celebrate the historic decision in Kitchen v. Herbert and stepping-stone toward the freedom to marry.
Marriage equality: As goes Utah, so goes Indiana ...

... And Missouri. And Colorado ...

10th Circuit ruling just sees the world as it is — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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"Those who disagree with the rulings of federal judges — such as Wednesday’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry in Utah — are often heard to describe their views as opposition to "judicial activism."

"Even the dissenting judge in the 2-1 ruling that struck down — again — Utah’s Amendment 3 decried his colleagues’ action as judges setting themselves up as "philosopher kings" and imposing their will in an undemocratic manner.

"But both common sense and a careful reading of the majority opinion from the 10th Circuit panel make it clear that, on the issue of marriage equality, the courts are not striking out into an undiscovered country. They are taking an honest look at the world as it exists and trying to make our understanding of our basic law compatible with the huge shift that the culture has already made. ..."

10th Circuit Court: Utah’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional — Jessica Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune

10th Circuit ruling on same sex marriage — The Salt Lake Tribune/Scribd

Judiciary should not invalidate state laws — Deseret News Editorial

" ... We support the reasoning of Judge Paul Kelly, who dissented from the majority opinion. Both the majority and the dissenting opinions thoughtfully consider the question of whether there is a right to same-sex marriage. Yet Kelly, who argues, "we should be reluctant to invalidate state constitutional or legislative enactments," is more persuasive. ..."

A great day in Indiana after same-sex marriage ruling

Matthew Tully | The Indianapolis Star

"It would have seemed far-fetched not so long ago. But by the time the news broke today that U.S. District Judge Richard Young had struck down Indiana’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, it hardly came as a surprise. Public opinion and recent court rulings had been guiding Indiana in this direction, clearly and methodically, for quite some time. ..."

Let’s show respect for all Hoosiers on marriage — Tim Swarens | The Indianapolis Star

" ... Many Hoosiers are celebrating that fact, and the tide of history is on their side.

"Yet many other Hoosiers are struggling to understand and accept the rapid changes sweeping across the state and the nation on this issue. ..."

Marriage milestone — Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette Editorial

"Judge Richard L. Young’s opinion Wednesday was rendered in clear, strong words that left no room for ambiguity.

"Indiana’s anti-gay-marriage law is unconstitutional. ...

" ... ‘In time,’ Young wrote, ‘Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage – not a same-sex marriage.’"

U.S. Supreme Court clarification needed — Northwest Indiana Times Editorial

" ... There are so many "what ifs" involved, pending the outcome of the appeal, that the Supreme Court must determine, once and for all, whether the U.S. Constitution allows states to prohibit same-sex marriage."

Federal ruling on same-sex marriage — via Northwest Indiana Times

Colorado gay marriage ban: Going, going ... — Denver Post Editorial

"Never has the writing on the wall been so clear for Colorado’s gay marriage ban.

"A 10th U.S. Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday that declared Utah’s prohibition of same-sex marriage unconstitutional is now prevailing law in the federal circuit, which includes Colorado.

"Though the decision has been put on hold pending appeal, it seems just a matter of time before Colorado’s 2006 state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union only of a man and a woman is swept away. ..."

Holy chutzpah: St. Louis takes on the state’s ban on gay marriage — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

"Tears flowed. Blessings were proffered. There were tuxedos and white dresses; bow ties and cummerbunds. But when the four distinct ceremonies ended Wednesday night in the office of Mayor Francis Slay, one thing was the same:

"With kisses and embraces, four St. Louis same-sex couples had vacated their seats on the back of the marriage bus and made history. ..."

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