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Sister’s fight inspires Utah’s former U.S. attorney to back gay marriage



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But Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus told USA Today this week that while the GOP will adhere to its platform — which opposes gay marriage — there is a way to strike a balance between "principle and grace and respect."

Republican strategist Ana Navarro put it more bluntly.

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"There is no putting this genie back in the bottle," she said Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union." "It is undeniable. The shift is here, and we’re not going back."

Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and ex-presidential candidate, has endorsed same-sex marriage as has Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who noted his son, Will, recently told him he was gay and helped prompt the conversion.

Tolman says having a close relative — in this case, a sister he idolized growing up — who is gay and, under the law, unequal, pushes the issue from abstract to reality.

"I get emotional about it," Tolman says. "I love my sister and know the challenges she’s gone through. To hold their son, to see the love they have in their home, to feel the compassion, to feel the affection, I don’t know how you can be human and not be moved."

tburr@sltrib.com




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