The Daily News has long opposed Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages.
The newspaper opposed a state law in 2003 that made gay marriage illegal. It opposed a constitutional amendment, Proposition 2, in 2005 that made already illegal gay marriage illegal again.
Essentially, the newspaper’s opposition boiled down to a belief that government should stay out of the private lives of private people. The government has no legitimate business there.
It’s the same argument U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio used Wednesday in striking down the state’s ban. As he put it, the ban has no “rational relation to a legitimate government purpose.”
When politicians were in full throat in 2003 and 2005, they argued that bans on same-sex marriage were needed to protect the family.
It’s a silly argument. The number of people who honestly believe that preventing gay people from marrying will somehow lower divorce rates among heterosexuals has got to be minuscule.
The ban always was just another effort by a majority to pass discriminatory laws against a minority.
In general, it’s a bad policy for government to guarantee rights to some people and make them off limits to others.
Government should afford gay people the same rights that other people have.
It really is that simple.
• Heber Taylor