Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Absurdity of Canadian, American Laws Against Polygamy

Alan, as usual, provides great coverage of breaking news, this time regarding the ruling in the B.C. court upholding the ban on the polygamous freedom to marry.

In most of the US (not all) and Canada, it is legal for people to be nonmonogamous in general, and polyamorous specifically. They can date multiple people, love multiple people, have sex with multiple people, live with multiple people, have children with multiple people, and so forth. But they can't get married. A man can have children with three different women. He can have them all live with him. He can live as though he's married to all of them, but not get legal recognition. A woman can live and love with two other women, but only marry one of them (in most US states, she still can't marry either of them.) A woman can have two men live with her, love them both, have children by both of them, but can't get legal recognition.

What kind of sense is that?

This denial of their freedom to marry leaves them vulnerable, against their choice, to complications and discrimination. An adult should be free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with any consenting adults, without fear of prosecution, bullying, or discrimination.
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