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Friday, March 17, 2006

Blurring the lines. Homosexual "Marriage" vs. Polygamy.

Charles Krauthammer makes a point I was derided for making a year ago. If it is discriminatory to deny a homosexaul couple from marrying. by what stretch of the imagination is the number two the sacred limit?


As Newsweek notes, these stirrings for the mainstreaming of polygamy (or, more accurately, polyamory) have their roots in the increasing legitimization of gay marriage. In an essay 10 years ago, I pointed out that it is utterly logical for polygamy rights to follow gay rights. After all, if traditional marriage is defined as the union of (1) two people of (2) opposite gender, and if, as gay marriage advocates insist, the gender requirement is nothing but prejudice, exclusion and an arbitrary denial of one's autonomous choices in love, then the first requirement -- the number restriction (two and only two) -- is a similarly arbitrary, discriminatory and indefensible denial of individual choice.

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