Thursday, June 24, 2010

Muslim Polygyny

One explanation of Muslim polygamy can be found at this blog by SirAj. It’s always polygyny, with men limited to having up to four wives at a time; the wives are never considered married to each other (same-sex marriages are not recognized). It isn’t considered a group marriage.

The Qur'an states that you shall marry only up to four women: "If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with orphans, marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or that which your right hands possess..." (4:3).

I would like Muslims, like anyone else, to have a right to practice marriage in this way everywhere in the world; if someone wants to live this way, they should be allowed. Unlike the limit of four wives for a man and one husband for a wife, my proposed marriage equality amendment would allow a man or woman to marry as many consenting people as they want. That isn’t incompatible with the limits Muslims adhere to in their practice of their own religion.
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