Thursday, June 27, 2013
I have argued many times that there is actually a better case for polygamy than for same sex marriage. It has a longer and more diverse tradition and is supported and sanctioned by a number of religions.
Discussing the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage recently, Sen. Rand Paul joked about bestiality. This was unwise. If Paul wanted to make the slippery slope argument, the case for polygamy is much more compelling — and realistic.
This is not some straw man argument. As BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins pointed out, polygamists are, in fact, celebrating the court’s decision. And they have every reason to do so. After all, why shouldn’t marriage equality apply to them, too?
The arguments are essentially the same. For example, Sen. Al Franken recently issued a statement saying, “Our country is starting to understand that it’s not about what a family looks like: it’s about their love and commitment to one another.” Polygamists couldn’t agree more.
I mean, who are we to say that two or three or even four consenting adults — who want to make a lifelong commitment to love each other — shouldn’t be allowed to do so?What’s magical about the number two?There are practical reasons, too. It’s harder and harder these days to make ends meet. As a man, I can only imagine how much more efficient it would be to have one wife in the workforce and another wife at home with the kids. This would be much better for the children than shipping them off to some nursery school. And having three parents is a lot better than having just one … or none.
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Don't forget about incest. If cousins or even a brother and sister are in love, well, who are we to judge them. Besides, the old arguments about incestuous relations causing birth defects in children don't apply anymore because marriage is no longer about creating a home for raising children, it's now all about having sex with whoever you want without the risk of feeling like other people might find it abnormal.Post a Comment
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