For all of those in favor of gay marriage, what are the feelings on polygamy?

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Comment by Unseen on May 30, 2015 at 12:27am

Except I assume gorilla sexual power relations are based more on instinct.

Comment by onyango makagutu on May 30, 2015 at 2:21am

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. 

Comment by Strega on May 30, 2015 at 8:55am
As we move to a more global way of looking at things, it's good to examine our assumptions. I have no issue with adults making partnership arrangements in general. The matter becomes more convoluted when we consider the benefits and rights that as a modern society, we have granted to marriage as an institution.

Here are some of the practical issues.

1. Immigration. The current laws allow for the immigration of a spouse to the country where the other spouse has nationality. We would need to revisit this right if polygamy were to be enabled, as it doesn't seem viable to have one spouse in a nation claiming immigration status for say 14 other non native poly partners.

2. Medical cover. Whether you are employed or on benefits, whether you are in a country with state-wide health cover (UK's NHS) or relying on medical cover provided by your employer, the economic distortion of trying to attach 14 spouses to your one policy would need attention.

3. The right not to testify against your spouse. If you don't want to testify, you could simply marry the person you were trying to protect, along with as many other reluctant witnesses as you liked, and the law protects you all from giving evidence.

And there are so many more rights that society has attached to a family unit based on the economics of a single spousal partnership.

From a moral perspective, who cares if a group of people want to solidify their group relationship via poly-union. It's the peripheral economic implication that would require review.
Comment by onyango makagutu on May 31, 2015 at 9:36am

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

Comment by Dale Headley on May 31, 2015 at 8:20pm

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"?            


Comment by Andy Hoke on May 31, 2015 at 11:29pm

@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?

Comment by Andy Hoke on May 31, 2015 at 11:43pm

I tend to believe that in most cases, a marriage is mutually beneficial, symbiotic.

Comment by Strega on June 1, 2015 at 6:24am
@Onyango I don't have any other reason for concern than economic and legal, and both are on a practical basis. Other than that, what's to object to?
Comment by Andy Hoke on June 1, 2015 at 9:50pm

"Should a married group be held to additional standards that do not apply to married couples?"

A good, operative question GM.

Comment by Andy Hoke on June 1, 2015 at 9:53pm

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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