If Gay Marriage – Why Not Polgyamy?

Arnold Ahlert over at Political Mavens asks:

Let’s start with polygamy. In an era where individual “rights” are paramount, why should polygamy be outlawed? What’s makes it more “problematic” than gay marriage, for instance? If the courts and some legislatures are willing to re-define two thousand years of traditional marriage for one constituency, why not the other?

Where are the outraged howls at the injustice of the police raiding the Texas compound and infringing on the right of these polygamists? Where are the calls for the courts to overturn the injustice of people who want to be married to several women and girls at once? Is it that they are minors? Well, what about:

No doubt the idea that girls as young as, say 14, could be considered adults offends most Americans, right?

I’m not sure. When it comes to abortion, there are 13 states in the country where a minor can get an abortion without her parents knowing about it. Isn’t the decision to terminate a pregnancy an adult decision?

It is now a FEDERAL crime to block access to an abortion clinic. Will they offer the same protections to Polygamist compounds? After all, isn’t it just another lifestyle choice.

As Mr. Ahlert notes, once you start down the path of moral realativism, where do you stop? There is always some twisted pervert who is one more step ahead. Do they have the right to bugger little boys (NAMBLA) or remove the age of consent all together and just let the pedophiles have at any child they can lay their hands on?

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5 thoughts on “If Gay Marriage – Why Not Polgyamy?

  1. This is ridiculous. “Where are the outraged howls at the injustice of the police raiding the Texas compound and infringing on the right of these polygamists?” Um, 400 kids in potential danger, women basically living in captivity, underage girls being forced to marry and bear children for an old man… Should I go on? Seriously, not quite an analogous situation to two consenting adults who happen to be of the same gender seeking legal recognition of their relationship, wouldn’t you admit?

  2. I think you miss the point. You want to overturn thousands of years of human experience and give marriage rights to homosexuals. But having young girls serve as breeding farms for old men is wrong? What about the men who want to have sex with boys? Is NAMBLA just an extension of gay rights? Gary rights started out as being “don’t go poking around in my bedroom”. Well, the majority of Americans have absolutely no wish to even know what goes on in your bedrooms. Then it became the writing of hate crime laws that enshrine the victimology of homosexuals into the legal system. Now it is the demand for marriage rights.

    If you are willing to change the morals and society as you wish for all this – then why do you think that these polygamists are so wrong? Moral relativisim only applies to homosexuals?

    Its all wrong – and as noted, once you start down that path where do you stop?

  3. I have to disagree as well. The state has a vested interest in stopping polygamy. The treatment of women in polygamist compounds is truly deplorable, not to mention the fact that some polygamist groups advocate child marriage. Polygamy and gay marriage are also two very different things. Polygamy is a form of marriage that stresses procreation and the “production of children”. Marriage between gays and lesbians is certainly not about producing children- it’s about love that transcends gender. To compare polygamy to gay marriage is like comparing apples to oranges- sure, they’re both fruits, but they share few other properties. It is also worth pointing out that none of the countries or U.S. states that have legalized gay marriage have gone on to legalize polygamy.

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