Monday, March 7, 2011

How Long Before Full Marriage Equality in the US?

Uri Smendrick asked. “Will polygamous marriages be recognized in the US anytime soon? Why or why not?”

One person was pessimistic in their response…

No. And there is no signs of any change into that direction.

Actually, there is. More people are recognizing that adults should be able to marry any consenting adults, and that includes recognizing the polygamous freedom to marry. Those mostly fighting for the same-sex freedom to marry have paved the way, and poly people, especially those who aren’t LGBT, should be thankful and show solidarity in pushing for same-sex marriage. Shows like “Big Love” and “Sister Wives” have raised awareness about polygyny in particular.

Why not: I'm not judging, but most of the population (in the US) is against polygamy for different reasons: like moral, religious and/or practical reasons. And it's a fact that any law needs the majority support to get passed or reversed.

We don’t need a majority of people to want polygamy. It would help if a majority would recognize that the fundamental right to marry includes polygamy, but it is possible by having courts lead the way, as has been done with various civil rights.

Mutt wrote…

I doubt it will be anytime soon.

But I'm all for it, as long as all persons involved enter the relationship with full knowledge of all the other spouses. What consenting adults decide to do between themselves should be no concern of the government.

Thanks for being an ally, Mutt.

We are rapidly spreading the same-sex freedom to marry. Polygamy can be right behind that. But what we really need is full marriage equality, which means an adult can marry any consenting adults. It is possible that the Supreme Court could bring this about, although it is more likely to only grant the same-sex freedom to marry first, then move on towards full marriage equality.

Congress could also do the right thing and get moving on a Marriage Equality Amendment, although I’m not holding my breath right now.

So how long before full marriage equality in the US? It’s going to happen. The only question is how long do we have to wait? A few years? Ten years? Let’s make it happen sooner rather than later.
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