Saturday, May 17, 2008
Gay Marriage vs. Polygamy
Few gay marriage advocates are willing to extend their views to include polygamy. Aside from the cultish compounds that push young girls into marriage, there is plenty of "big love" polygamy going on with consenting adults. Polygamy was practiced in the Bible and is practiced by many Muslims today. Why does the topic stop with gay marriage when including this "definition" of marriage? Some conservatives, like myself, want to "conserve" the definition of marriage to maintain a societal tradition that does not extend beyond the scope of normalcy. Liberals are always using the "slippery slope" argument and I offer that to you here. If changing the definition of marriage is to include those who want to marry those of the same gender, why not include those who want to marry multiple spouses? Trust me I can get more creative than polygamy, but I will stop at the multiple spouse argument. I am not advocating polygamy. I am against it. However the hypocrisy is what I am challenging. The Edmund's Act was passed in 1882 declaring that the practice of polygamy is a felony. The law still stands today and yet many cry foul at those still practicing under civilly disobedient circumstances. Gay marriage advocates, are you willing to include all other "definitions" of marriage in your dichotomy, or are these rights extended to the gay community based on a popular social trend?