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Dan Hill

"tolerant people should recognize that polygamy means that the husband gets to choose when additional wives get added to the relationship." Says who? I can think of any number of other ways it might be defined as part of a decriminalisation process, especially if marriage is demystified and treated as nothing more than a contract between two consenting adults...

As abhorent as the FLDS is, keeping this law so we can get them for the other crimes they are committing is not a terribly rational theory of justice. Why can't we prosecute them for their other criminal activities? For example, sex with under age girls whether in the context of a polygamous marriage or not are illegal in their own right and are abhored by society -why aren't we prosecuting these guys for statutory rape?

dearieme

I've seen current American marriage customs described as "serial monogamy", but "serial polygamy" would be better , wouldn't it?

Half Sigma

It wouldn't have to be sex restricted. One woman could have three husbands. Or six women and four men could all be married together in Robert Heinlein-like fashion.

Robert Heinlein predicted this would happen.

Dave Tufte

REPLY TO DAN HILL:

1) They're only talking about decriminalizing polygamy, which is where the man gets to choose. Of course, there are other possibilities, but there aren't whole communities based around them.

2) Actually, there are prosecutions in a couple of states proceeding along those avenues.

Dave Tufte

REPLY TO DEARIEME:

Well ... it's just monogamy in my case ;)>

I think serial monogamy is an acceptable characterization of many folks though.

However, serial polygamy requires a high ratio of women to men; so you've got to keep the former in, and kick some of the latter out. At least in the case of the FLDS there are court cases proceeding along both of these paths.

Dave Tufte

REPLY TO HALF SIGMA:

I think reasonable people could argue about these things. But on this issue I think 1) there are a whole of people that aren't reasonable, and 2) a whole lot of people who don't like to carry arguments out to their logical limits. Both points make this a recipe for trouble.

Half Sigma

Decriminalizing only polygamy with one man and many women would be sexual discrimination. It's only fair if the marriage can consist of any number of people of different sexes.

I wonder how you would get divorced from such a marriage?

David Tufte

Ooh - I hadn't thought about that angle. Touche.

ffxiv gil

However, serial polygamy requires a high ratio of women to men; so you've got to keep the former in, and kick some of the latter out. At least in the case of the FLDS there are court cases proceeding along both of these paths.

Agus

What it really boils down to at all times is your level of fredoem of choice. It’s okay to choose to live in a tightly-knit family. It only becomes not okay when you’re threatened if you want to leave, or if you are losing your own sense if identity, or if your children are being harmed.This is so very true, and I am always glad to see this pointed out.

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