Real Marriage Equality Means Legalizing Polygamy
Jillian Keenan argues that polygamist marriage isn't such a bad idea
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
What's wrong with consensual polygamy?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The right-wing has been saying for years that gay marriage is a slippery slope—what's next, legalized polygamy? "We can only hope," writes Jillian Keenan at Slate. "No. I am not kidding." She argues that polygamy gets a bad rap in this country because of the unsavory FLDS church, in which young girls are often forced into such marriages. "But legalizing consensual adult polygamy wouldn't legalize rape or child abuse," Keenan argues. "In fact, it would make those crimes easier to combat"—she gives the example of a child who would no longer refrain from reporting an abusive neighbor over fears his polygamous parents would be found out.

But more importantly, it's "the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice," she writes. Some argue that polygamy degrades women, but feminists should realize that "as women, we really can make our own choices. We just might choose things people don't like." Constitutionally, legalized polygamy would obviously be a step forward for religious freedom, as tens of thousands are believed to be part of Muslim and Mormon polygamist families in the US. "The definition of marriage is plastic," Keenan writes. Just as straight marriage isn't any better than the gay variety, a two-person marriage "is not inherently more or less 'correct' than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting adults." Click for her full column.

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Apr 20, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
I'll take six wives named for each day of the week except Sunday and at least one kid that can get me a beer during the football game on Sunday's day of rest.
Apr 18, 2013 3:55 PM CDT
If you can handle more than one wife be my guest?
Apr 18, 2013 10:38 AM CDT
I feared this would happen. If the same-sex marriage movement succeeds in having every state in the union recognize such marriages, it's only a matter of time before fringe elements of the Mormon faith will demand the same for polygamy.