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Letter: Both papers should see other side better
First Published Jul 22 2014 04:37 pm • Last Updated Jul 22 2014 04:37 pm

In high school debate we had to prepare to argue both sides of the argument as persuasively as possible, since the luck of the draw determined which point-of-view we’d be assigned in any given contest.

I wish that same approach applied to the editorial boards of the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune in relation to the gay-marriage debate. I read both newspapers daily, and find that both are so entrenched in your point-of-view that you seem incapable of even articulating why this matters so much to people on the other side

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I wish the Deseret News could show even the slightest empathy to gay families who believe they are living moral lives that are worthy of the dignity of marriage.

And I wish the Tribune could step into the shoes of religious people who feel that speaking up for the traditional definition of marriage is a legitimate expression of free speech deserving of respect.

I personally believe that marriage faces so many challenges in the modern world that we should welcome the addition of a class of generally kind and caring people who aspire to make it part of their lives. In a way that is the ultimate tribute to this sacred covenant in the human experience.

This is my opinion, but at least I try to understand the point of view of those who disagree. I wish our two area newspapers would try to see both sides of the discussion as well.

Jerry Borrowman

Salt Lake City

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