I’m with Brandon on this one. Why not allow several consulting adults to decide to enter into a legally recognized relationship?
Maybe there are convincing reasons, but I haven’t heard any, just a knee-jerk reaction to the idea of polygamy: there must be something wrong with it, because it’s not the norm, so let’s say that the something wrong with it is it encourages abuse of women. Say what? Isn’t that the same problem bigots have with gay marriage: there must be something wrong with it, because it’s not the norm, so let’s say that the something wrong with it is it encourages the dissolution of the traditional familial bonds which support society.
When it comes down to it, we’re talking about fully functioning adults making free choices about their own lives, so I see no reason to be against polygamy. I think if we’d accept this, we’d no longer allow anti-gay marriage activists to frame the debate in terms of “if gay marriage, then why not polygamy?”
I’m not advocating we rally behind legalizing polygamy, just that we not be intellectually dishonest by refusing to admit that it is as valid a choice as marrying a person of the same gender.