Alliance Defense Fund responds:
The New York Times last Sunday published an opinion piece [as part of their reaction series] by Stanford Law Professor Ralph Richard Banks that essentially argues that American society has notachieved “marriage equality” by allowing same sex couples to marry. He argues that polygamy and incestuous marriage between adults should be legalized in order to evolve to full marriage equality:
So, as I and others have argued, the real issue is “marriage deconstruction” not “marriage equality” in the debate over whether same sex couples should be allowed to marry. In other words, the fight is between those who believe that societies have the authority to encourage people to have sex and make babies only within a pubic institution called marriage, defined uniformly for all as one man and one woman. The opposite view is not “allow same sex couples to marry,” but to abandon any common, culture-wide definition of marriage and allow each person to do what he or she things is right in regards to marriage, sex and family. However, the consensus of world cultures has rejected this self autonomy view of marriage because of its harmful results. The common experience of human societies since the beginning of time is that the “self autonomy” model results over time in irresponsible men exploiting women and neglecting the children the men produce.