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Legalizing Polygamy is the First Step to Ending the Exploitation of the Women Involved

by doconnor

The BC government is asking the BC Supreme Court to rule if it is unconstitutional to ban polygamy, after two out of three special prosecutors surveyed seem to think it is.

It is hypocritical to support gay marriage and not polygamy. Who are we to say that love is only possible in certain combinations. It is up to those involved follow their heart.

People opposed to polygamy point to how many of the women involved in these relationships are oppressed. There used to be an institution like that. It’s call heterosexual marriage. We’ve come a long way since the time women where considered property and beating them too much was frowned upon. The legal structure of marriage has been one of the factors that facilitated that improvement.

Legalizing polygamy will allow those relationships to come out of the shadows and that can only help the women involved. They will be more free to talk about the relationship with friends and authorities. They will have the right to divorce and be able to receive a proportionate settlement. To add someone to a polygamous marriage will require consent of all already involved.

Legalizing polygamy will not instantly solve all the problems of exploitation in these relationships, but it will be an important first step. If we don’t they will continue to exist underground and little progress will likely be made, besides breaking a few of them up from time to time.

"Legalizing Polygamy is the First Step to Ending the Exploitation of the Women Involved" was published on October 23rd, 2009 and is listed in Politics.

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Legalizing Polygamy is the First Step to Ending the Exploitation of the Women Involved: 3 Comments

  1. Jennifer Smith wrote,

    You just resolved the mixed feelings I’ve always had about this issue. Thank you.

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  2. Lori wrote,

    Very interesting argument, I think the term Marriage has always had this perspective as Man and Wife. My opinion would be to remove the term Marriage from the legal realm and replace with another term such as Civil Union, regardless of the type of relationship ie Man and Women, Women and Women, Poly etc… This would provide the legal protection for the parties entering into this “Committed Relationship” where they pledge to be responsible for each other in legal terms.

    In this day in age Marriage is more of an indefinite contract that can be broken when chosen, divorce, then a moral obligation that it once was, there fore from a legal perspective it would make sense to evolve the entire concept of marriage and leave the term of Marriage for religious groups.

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    doconnor Reply:

    I think the term Marriage has always had this perspective as Man and Wife.

    Not always. Polygamous marriage has been accepted by many cultures.

    If people share the same depth and breadth of feelings that a heterosexual marriage has is should be called a marriage. It is the feelings that make a marriage, not the fact that it is a man and a woman.

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