No State Has “Banned” Gay Marriage

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During remarks at the recent CPAC—the Conservative Political Action Conference—I inspired great controversy by declaring that “no state has ever passed a ban on gay marriage.” I wanted to challenge dishonest language suggesting that affirmation of the traditional definition of marriage amounts to a “ban” on anything.

When states limit matrimony to one man and one woman, is that really a ban on polygamy? Actually, most states have separate laws to prohibit multiple wives and incest, but they don’t ban homosexual relationships. Two men wanting to join their lives in a contractual bond, or seeking a church to bless their partnership, are free to do so.

A recent Washington Post headline appropriately avoided misleading references to “gay marriage bans” by announcing: “Lawsuit Challenges Marriage Definition in Indiana.” Other news outlets should follow this example of unbiased clarity.

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  1. American  •  Mar 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Some states are; however, violating the civil rights; religious liberty toward a historical normative morality; and the free moral conscience of Christians in the U.S. by extending civil rights legislation intended to normalize race and gender in the U.S. to groups of people based on the immoral activities they engage in. The case of the Colorado baker is a perfect example. He stated that he would happily offer ALL his goods and services to ANYONE for any historically normative moral purpose whatsoever but could not violate his free moral conscience nor be deprived of his religious liberty toward a historically normative morality and facilitate a historically normative IMMORAL activity or event.

    He faces imprisonment and hundreds of thousands of dollars in civil rights fines which don’t wash in bankruptcy ensuring that both he and his family are financially destroyed because two people who choose to engage in homosexuality with each other didn’t get a cake for their “wedding” when they ordered him to provide them one in a free marketplace where a plethora of other options exist.

    Note that an event is NOT a person.

    As the Oxford historian famously stated, we are replacing an old tyranny with a new tyranny. In the new tyranny every moral religious person in the country faces destruction.

    Either the U.S. snaps out of it and implements a plurality that allows both the moral Christian baker to have his civil rights and the immoral homosexual couple to have theirs or it goes really bad in a way it never has in this country.

    Millions and millions of moral religious small business owners may decide not to allow liberals to use the government in a totalitarian manner to implement a new liberal fascist tyranny upon them and destroy them for remaining moral religious small business owners.

  2. annie  •  Mar 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    “historically normative”, there’s your problem Mr. American! Scratch any Liberal, you will get the same mantra over and over and over, “What’s Normal!!?” Normal is an outmoded concept, normal is what any group or individual says it is.

  3. Hal Mozer  •  Mar 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    You are, indeed, the spinner in chief. If a state limits marriage to a man and a woman, same sex marriage is, therefore, prohibited by law. A definition of “ban” is “prohibit”, and if the act cannot be legally done, it is, therefore, prohibited, or banned, whether or not the word “banned” is specifically used. Stop playing with words and accept the clear intent and result. You are misinforming your listeners, which may be what you intend.

    • Doug Burt  •  Mar 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      What I think Michael is saying is that no activity has been banned. What we are concerned about is the state declaring that a same sex union and a union between a man and a woman are the same thing. Heterosexual unions, called marriages for the last 5000 years or so, produce the next generation and therefore have been privileged and protected by society. This is a good thing. We shouldn’t mess with it.

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