Wikipedia bans users from expressing support of traditional marriage

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 19th, 2020 11:56 am
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Last Updated Oct 21st, 2020 at 1:37 pm

Volunteer writers and editors for Wikipedia can no longer express opposition to same-sex marriage on their profiles, a decision made after some editors said the stance was "discriminatory" and against site policy.

Users will no longer be able to include on their profile any "userbox," a badge expressing their beliefs, that is against same-sex marriage. One such userbox reads, "This user believes marriage is between one man and one woman."

The discussion began after Wikipedia editor Adam Cuerden suggested a particular userbox be deleted, saying it was "pretty explicitly homophobic," before suggesting other userboxes also be deleted.

Site administrator "Ad Orientem" resigned as a result of the change, saying that it was "clearly inconsistent" with the site's neutral stance.

The administrator said that nasty comments about those who support traditional marriage "represent an ugly tendency to condemn the views of others as outside the bounds of acceptable thought, never minding those views are held by the vast majority of people globally and the followers of most of the world's major religious faiths."

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger said in May that the site's neutral point of view "is dead."

"The original policy long since forgotten, Wikipedia no longer has an effective neutrality policy," he wrote. "There is a rewritten policy, but it endorses the utterly bankrupt canard that journalists should avoid what they call ‘false balance.' The notion that we should avoid ‘false balance' is directly contradictory to the original neutrality policy."


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