Title

Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage as a Story About Language: Linguistic Failure and the Priority of a Living Language

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1999

Abstract

Government efforts to undo gay marriage speech lack linguistic credibility and cause harm, both individually and collectively. The 'unsaying' of gay marriage is undemocratic, intimidates the speakers, and encourages censorship of marriage speech generally. Unsaying is linguistically unsound because it tries to freeze an evolving language. Although the constitutional aspects of the legal unsaying of marriage are debatable, common sense dictates the inappropriateness of efforts to stop this evolution.