Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thank You, Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall, referencing the Canadian poly trial, stands up for the polygamous freedom to marry.

In truth, any law banning polygamy harms society by weakening individual liberty and perpetuating a state-controlled family model, two concepts that should be rejected by Canadians.

And by Americans or anyone else.

The same law declaring polygamy illegal has been on the books for more than 120 years. Championed by our first Prime Minister John A. MacDonald, its sole purpose was to drive out or assimilate Mormons settling in Canada during the late 1800s.

That’s religious discrimination.

Our laws, however, should neither be based on the bigoted ideas of the 19th century nor on a morally bankrupt prime minister who repeatedly showed up to parliament drunk. Canadians should no longer accept legal moralism as a reason to control the relationships of consenting adults.

Couldn’t have written it better myself.

Go read it.

Jancis M. Andrews commented…

What is Keith Marshall talking about? He is an ideologue who obviously has not researched the subject of polygamy. Had he done so he would know that this ancient patriarchal practice, which comes to us from the days when women were considered mere chattels, cruelly discriminates against women.

Legalizing polygamy would allow all-female marriages, as well as polyandry. Much on Andrews’ comment assumes polygyny-only, and that polygyny is nonconsensual at that.

The "extra wives" and their children in polygamy (in reality, concubines in a harem) are not entitled to share in the "husband's" health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, spousal pensions, and taxation benefits,

Wouldn’t legalizing polygamy change that?

Sok Puppette replied to Andrews…

You also know, or should by now, that polyandry and equal relationships really exist. In fact, the patriarchal practices you rant against are a MINORITY. Anybody who's properly "researched the subject" knows that. Looking for stuff to support your prejudices isn't "research".

Canada should keep moving towards full marriage equality.
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