For all of those in favor of gay marriage, what are the feelings on polygamy?
Except I assume gorilla sexual power relations are based more on instinct.
I personally know people who are in polygamous marriages and they seem to manage just fine. They have the same problems monogamous couples have. Sometimes they are broke, sometimes they disagree, and sometimes they are very happy.
@Andy religion, I believe has concerned itself with marriage just as it has concerned itself with other affairs of life to remain relevant.
Strega you raise very valid concerns.
1. What if none of them are emigrating to anywhere? Would this objection be relevant?
2. Some countries have no idea of the spelling of universal health care, survival for the fittest. The man or the woman may be the village doctor, is there still a problem?
3. That is an expensive route to take. Just buy the judge :0
As far as I am concerned gay marriage, polygamy, or even inter-species marriage is okay. If it makes people (or other species) happy without hurting others, I have no objections. A more intriguing question, perhaps, is whether marriage is even a necessary or good thing. I am quite happy and fulfilled without it. And I’m sure all the women I have known whom I might have married are even happier that they dodged that particular bullet.
Just asking: is anyone here aware of any particular Bible verse that describes a wedding ceremony? Who married Abraham and Sarah? According to the Bible, Solomon had 700 wives, all of whom were foreign princesses, so I assume there must have been 700 formal weddings. Did Solomon have to put up with 700 mothers-in-law? Given the biblical claim that Solomon died at age 39, one might wonder if that had anything to do with having to satisfy all those wives, not to mention his 300 concubines. He must have had little time for anything but walking down the aisle. So, is this what Christians consider "taditional marriage"?
@Unseen, I don't know what you mean by 'voluntary slavery.'
As for garden variety slavery, are you proposing that marriage is inherently some version of it?
I tend to believe that in most cases, a marriage is mutually beneficial, symbiotic.
"Should a married group be held to additional standards that do not apply to married couples?"
A good, operative question GM.
Strega, I tend to agree. I suppose the hard line 'traditional' marriage folk would argue against polygamous marriages. But, don't we have a lot of cross-cultural and historical precedent for polygamy marriages?
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