The word ‘ban’ is negative. Like ‘taboo,’ the term offends modern sensibilities trained to be ever more accepting of any envelope-pushing behavior. That’s why the media describe California’s Proposition 8 constitutional marriage law as a ‘ban,’ not the codification of something positive and timeless. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been misreported for years as the ‘federal ban on gay marriage.’ … The media have turned the meaning of marriage on its head. Calling the law a ‘ban’ says its only purpose is to discriminate against homosexuals. By this reasoning, any law or policy that defines something is a ‘ban.’ But a license to practice law or medicine is not a ‘ban’ on those without law or medical degrees. It is recognition of the holder’s qualifications. A state’s requirements for a driver’s license are not a ‘ban’ on the underaged or the untrained. Marriage as the union of a man and a woman predates all other human institutions. It was not created to annoy homosexuals. Marriage laws exclude all but one man and one unrelated woman. … Just because homosexual activists have led the assault is not an excuse to pretend that marriage has only the purpose of excluding them. … The next time you see someone cite the ‘ban on gay marriage,’ it’s the work of radical cultural activists — or someone dancing to their tune.
- The GOP’s War On Gays And Marriage Equality (gayrights.change.org)
- Prop 8 Judge Rules: Gay Marriages Are Equal to Hetero Ones (dailyfinance.com)
- Judge Who Struck Down Prop. 8 To Rule On Whether Gay Marriages Can Resume Immediately (huffingtonpost.com)