Polygamy in the US: Should it be legal?

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  1. VVanNess profile image91
    VVanNessposted 6 years ago

    Polygamy in the US: Should it be legal?

    I realize with gay marriage on the rise, things are changing drastically in our country. Does this mean that we are also going to have to rethink other kinds of marriage?

  2. MickS profile image65
    MickSposted 6 years ago

    Well I don't know about 'our country' I'm not from the US, you are addressing many nationalities on the internet.  I go along with the natives of Borneo, I read once, that there, polygamy isn't prohibited, but is frowned upon, as it is considered an invitation to noise.  The way my missus witters away, non-stop all day, I can understand why.

    1. VVanNess profile image91
      VVanNessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I apologize for the lack of tact in saying "our country." smile I appreciate your comments. If I'm not mistaken, I thought it was illegal in the US. Is that not the case anymore?

    2. MickS profile image65
      MickSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I don't believe that I suggested that the US now approves of polygamy, as far as I know it is still illigal there. I was referring to the attitude of the indigenous population of Borneo.

    3. VVanNess profile image91
      VVanNessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Ah. I understand. Thanks.

  3. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 6 years ago

    The government should have no right to tell anyone who they can marry so long as the person they are marrying is of legal age. No one should have the right to mind other people's personal business.

    1. VVanNess profile image91
      VVanNessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Why exactly is it that you feel that way? You do realize that in many if those situations young girls are "forced" into polygamist marriages. They simply don't realize that they have another choice.

    2. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Where are you getting your info from? I mean no disrespect but really what most people know about polygamy is simply what the media has told them. Most situations aren't camps of young girls marrying an old guy.

    3. VVanNess profile image91
      VVanNessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      No, I realize that it is not but I do know that it happens quite frequently.

    4. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      So do alot of things. That doesn't mean we should make everything illigal just because some do wrong.

    5. VVanNess profile image91
      VVanNessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. Isn't it currently illegal?

    6. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes it is. For some reason the USA government likes to control people's personal lives. Really makes no sense to me as it is none of my business what people want to do in their homes.

  4. junkseller profile image82
    junksellerposted 6 years ago

    The overall point about same-sex marriage is that we have no reason to prevent it simply because some find it distasteful. Preventing some sort of actual harm to society is necessary to selectively treat a class of people different from others. That is why, for instance, we can prevent sex offenders from living near schools.

    By that same logic there probably is no reason to prevent polygamy, or possibly even incest, though, that one is a bit trickier. So, yes, I'd say it's entirely possible that these prohibitions will also some day be dissolved.

    1. VVanNess profile image91
      VVanNessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your opinion! I wonder if you'd feel the same way if it happened within your family. What if it was your daughter?

    2. junkseller profile image82
      junksellerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      My point is that personal feelings, including my own, are a poor substitute for the rule of law.Eeven if I had personal feelings a particular way, I can choose not to have them supersede equality under the law for others.

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    Justsilvieposted 6 years ago

    I have no problem with what consenting adults want to do. There is no real argument against it even for the some of the religions. But in the past and present you usually only hear of it as a one male and numerous females relationship even polyamorous relationships seem to favor that direction. Reverse the players and see it that would take off... I just doubt it!

    1. VVanNess profile image91
      VVanNessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      lol I think dashingscorpio has it right. One spouse is plenty. I can't imagine having to take care of/please multiple partners.

  6. dashingscorpio profile image88
    dashingscorpioposted 6 years ago

    Polygamy - The act of legally having multiple spouses is not lot likely to happen because of all the potential financial issues and claims that could be launched in the event of a divorce from one or more spouses, as well as death benefits and so on. Most people can barely live with one spouse!
    The whole gay marriage movement is an (equality) issue. They want the same rights to marry the people they love as us heterosexuals have. Fifty years from now we'll look back and find it hard to believe this was ever an issue.
    It was not until 1967 that the United States government finally outlawed any legislature prohibiting racially mixed marriages. That was just 46 years ago! Today it seems hard to believe that it took that long to allow people of different races to marry the people they love. Two consenting adults should be able to marry one another regardless of their sexual orientation.
    It's not as though gays and lesbians came from some alien planet. Their parents were heterosexuals just like everyone else. :-)

    1. VVanNess profile image91
      VVanNessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Ha ha! I love your perspective! I can't believe that it was only 46 years ago that racial mixed marriages were not allowed. I didn't even know that was a thing. You're right about it being a non-issue 50 years later.

    2. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I also can't believe there was a time women could not vote! This link is about interracial marriage. Equality should be a non-issue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interracial_marriage

  7. PurvisBobbi44 profile image82
    PurvisBobbi44posted 6 years ago

    Polygamy is a felony as per the Edmunds Act---also known as Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act of 1882. So it is illegal in the United States and its territories.

    However, it is legal in about 50 other countries. I do not know anyone who lives in this type of arrangement and hopefully never will. It makes me ill thinking of the young girls who are forced to marry--- and it is mostly to older men.

  8. Felicia Carrillo profile image60
    Felicia Carrilloposted 6 years ago

    i personally think its wrong but people are gonna do it anyways.

 
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