Ban (law)

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A ban is, generally, any decree that prohibit something.Bans are formed for the prohibition of activities within a certain political territory. Some see this as a negative act (equating it to a form of censorship or discrimination) and others see it as maintaining the "status quo". Bans in commerce are referred to as embargos.

Etymology

In current English usage, ban is mostly synonymous with prohibition.Historically, Old English (ge)bann is a derivation from the verb bannan "to summon, command, proclaim"from an earlier Common Germanic *bannan "to command, forbid, banish, curse".The modern sense "to prohibit" is influenced by the cognate Old Norse banna "to curse, to prohibit" and also from Old French ban, ultimately a loan from Old Frankish, meaning "outlawry, banishment".

The Indo-European etymology of the Germanic term is from a root *bha- meaning "to speak".Its original meaning was magical, referring to utterances that carried a power to curse.

Banning marriages

A marriage ban is used to prevent certain categories of people from marrying each other. For much of the 1800s and 1900s there were bans on marriage between people of different races (interracial marriage) in the United States. However, the ban on interracial marriage was overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1957 in the landmark civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia, in which the Court ruled Virginia's miscegenation law...
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