Post # 1
Didn’t want to threadjack in the Christian or Secular thread posts, but everyone (pro gay marriage and anti gay marriage) seems to state that marriage is between any two people. Why only two?
I am not from a polygamist mindset, but I don’t see why a man couldnt marry a man and a woman (if he is bisexual) or a woman marry two men if they are all willing and consenting when I follow the arguments i read.
Post # 3
I think same sex marriage and polygamous marriage should both be legal. If everyone involved is a consenting adult it’s ridiculous to me that they can’t legally get the rights and privileges of marriage. I have no issue with bisexual marriage, either, though I haven’t ever seen that discussed before this thread.
Post # 4
As long as my husband doesn’t want to take on another wife (or husband) I don’t care what other couples do. Although it isn’t something I would consent to, as long as all adults are consenting then it’s their decision to make.
Post # 5
If all adults are consenting, I don’t think it should be illegal. It’s not what I personally belive is right, but I’m not about to push my feelings onto others
Post # 6
@BumbleBee99: Because the WHO would have a shit-fit with all the social disease epidemics running around if the world married itself.
Post # 7
I love watching Sister Wives – they are doing something I know I could never do. I find it fascinating.
Post # 8
I think the only real reason polygamy is illegal now in the western world is to prevent insurance fraud (a group of people getting married to enjoy someone’s benefits), and difficulties in distributing assets in case of divorce/death. Would the 2nd wife be married to the husband or the family? It makes a difference. Family law would require a massive overhaul to accomodate for that.
Post # 9
@GroovyHippieChick: me too!! that is who i was thinking about as i read this post 🙂
Post # 10
Marriage goes beyond a relationship between two people, it also affects things like taxes and benefits. At this point, I’m not open to allowing people to take advantage of this by having many people they are married to. I think there would be many monogamous couples who would even use this and just not get legally divorced to someone they are separated from before getting married to someone else.
If people want to enter relationships, or celestrial marriages or whatever they want to call them, they can. They just aren’t able to be legally married to more than one person.
Post # 11
I’m athiest. But, I think that marriage should be a committed monogamous relationship between 2 people. I guess, technically, it could work between multiple people. But, I think it becomes confusing at that point and maybe this shouldn’t really be a factor but legally, I’m just thinking of the ramifications. How many tax deductions do you get if you have 2 or 3 wives instead of just 1? How could you support all the kids you end up having with each wife?
Idk, maybe it’s just a foreign thought to me, but I don’t really like the idea of marrying more than one person. That being said, I don’t usually care what other people do, so to each their own, but I get the feeling it would start affecting other people.
Post # 12
I think I voted wrong…
Anyway, I fully support gay marriage. However, I’m hesitant amy polygamous marriages. Not because I have something against the lifestyle, but because of a whole host of other legal issues. If a man decides to marry wife 1, leaves her, marries wife 2 who doesn’t know about wife 1, because its legal to have more than 1 wife, what happens if husand dies? Who has rights, who doesn’t? Who has claim over benefits, etc.
Now, if all wives (or husbands, that’s cool too!), past & present had to be aware of new marriages, completely different story. But the keeping track is what would bog it down.
Post # 13
Not to make this political, but as a Libertarian, I believe that the government shouldn’t be involved in our personal choices. I personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I also believe that my moral choices are just that- my moral choices. I don’t want to impose them on anyone else.
Post # 14
I’ve never really thought about it. If a group of people want to all be together, sure, I’m not going to stop them. But do I think a group should all reap the same government benefits like tax breaks and insurance? No.
Post # 15
@AB Bride: +1
You gotta draw the line somewhere, and 2 seems like a pretty good place to me!
Post # 16
Not to mention things get really complicated. What if someone is involved in multiple marriages? How does that even work with survivorship laws, taxation, blah blah blah. Can household A move funds from household B to pay less in taxes overall? Logistical nightmare.