A couple of months ago I posted about how redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships was a bad idea – gay couples wouldn’t be subject to the same restrictions as straight couples (i.e. you couldn’t divorce over adultery – bad idea), straight couples still wouldn’t be allowed to have civil partnerships, and it would start a slippery slope towards polygamy and incest.
Most people agreed with me on the first two points (this is a question of equal rights, after all), but most also disagreed on the third.
As a little example of someone who would have disagreed with me, check out the Washington Post’s Slate.com’s opinion, published way back in 2004 (please read it). Because they believed so strongly, they published a second article to underline their opinion in 2012 (this one isn’t as good, but help yourself).
Only one year later, they’ve completely turned around; now gay marriage is legal, why isn’t polygamy legal?
A brief quote from the first article:
Bracket all the hysterical and irrelevant stops along the slippery slope…and we are left to try to draw principled lines between gay marriage, in which no one is harmed, and adult incest, adultery, bigamy, or polyamory.
In other words, gay marriage is fine, polygamy isn’t. And a quote from the third article:
The definition of marriage is plastic. Just like heterosexual marriage is no better or worse than homosexual marriage, marriage between two consenting adults is not inherently more or less “correct” than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting adults. Though polygamists are a minority—a tiny minority, in fact—freedom has no value unless it extends to even the smallest and most marginalized groups among us. So let’s fight for marriage equality until it extends to every same-sex couple in the United States—and then let’s keep fighting. We’re not done yet.
I’m sorry: I told you so.
- And now on to polygamy (economist.com)
- Slate: ‘Marriage Equality’ Includes Polygamy (joemiller.us)
- Some traditions aren’t worth preserving (newsherald.com)
- “[P]rohibiting polygamy on ‘feminist’ grounds – that these marriages are inherently degrading to the women involved – is misguided.” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- Progressive Salon.com advocates polygamy as next step in marriage equality (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
- Archbishop of Canterbury ‘supports civil partnerships for heterosexuals’ (guardian.co.uk)