Saturday, June 18, 2011

Poly People Are Human Beings, Too

Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who wants to keep same-sex couples from legally marrying, recently asked, “If you just cared about somebody, have a committed relationship, why not allow one man and two women or three women to marry?”

This prompted a lot of people to throw poly people under the bus.

LKS wrote about it

Surely no one can argue that people are born with a polygamous orientation. But there is ample reason to recognize that some people are born with a homosexual orientation. That is the way they are “wired” from birth.

Antonkjacobs stood up for poly people…

I have written elsewhere and I still maintain that to deprive some minority of the same rights that others have merely because of social or religious disapproval of their lifestyle is a FORM OF PERSECUTION, no matter how you justify it.

I doubt very much that we're hardwired for monogamy. Many people have argued for a polygamous orientation, and they've made their case based, in part, on the amazing statistics regarding infidelity in modern, monogamous societies, but also, in part, on the anthropological finding that most human societies have not been strictly monogamous.

LKS responded…

As I understand it, sexual orientation is innate and cannot be changed. Promiscuity is probably an innate tendency for both heterosexual and homosexual persons. Promiscuity can, and should, be controlled by socialization.

Neither polyamory nor polygamy mean “promiscuity”. However, why should “promiscuity” be “controlled?” The sex polie need to worry about themselves.

Noting that sexual orientation is not the same thing as being polyamorous as a justification for denyin the polygamous freedom to marry is Discredited Argument #8. What we need is solidarity for full marriage equality.
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