Let's Legalize Polyamory
And let's privatize marriage, too: Jillian Keenan
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 1:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Meet Richard Gilmore. He's involved in a relationship with a woman named Vicki, her husband Jim, and Jim's girlfriend Maria. They're polyamorists, and they consider themselves a true "family," Gilmore says. Polyamorists practice "consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy," but unlike polygamists, they're not motivated by religion, writes Jillian Keenan on Slate. Even so, a polyamory support organization finds that 65% of polyamorous families wish they could legalize their unions, and another 20% would consider doing so. And why not let them?

Sure, legal recognition of such marriages would be complicated, and, of course, there's the fear that opening the door to polyamorous marriages would lead to more fraud. But that's not an argument against legalizing polyamory, it's an argument for privatizing marriage. "Why not take the government out of marriage entirely?" Then churches could dictate whatever marriage rules they want, while consenting human adults could enter into a private marriage contract with whomever they choose. It's a controversial idea, especially when it comes to children, but studies have found that polyamorous living situations can actually be good for kids. Click for Keenan's full column.

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Jun 25, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
There is no limit to what a liberal demands, that's right, demands. Their not asking you, their telling you what they want or else they're going to the supreme courts.
Jun 17, 2013 6:09 PM CDT
What was that old Bill Murry line about dogs and cats living together?
Jun 17, 2013 4:42 PM CDT
I knew it would not be long before they started pushing for this lifestyle choice just knew it. Next it will be the Man Boy Love Assocaition wanting to marry young consenting boys where does it end. When do you become the hater because you say no this is over the edge and it should not be allowed. All those who are against gay marriage are considered to haters! Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire read it history is repeating itself.