Now that gay “marriage” has been forced upon all 50 states, the next logical step is polygamy, Fredrik DeBoer writes in an op-ed for Politico. He makes the case that while gay marriage advocates have been hostile to polygamists, that was for political expediency. He believes they will come around in time, and I believe he is right in that regard, even if I do not share his desire to further continue to redefine marriage.
The question presents itself: Where does the next advance come? The answer is going to make nearly everyone uncomfortable: Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals? The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy—yet many of the same people who pressed for marriage equality for gay couples oppose it.
This is not an abstract issue. In Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissenting opinion, he remarks, “It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.” As is often the case with critics of polygamy, he neglects to mention why this is a fate to be feared. Polygamy today stands as a taboo just as strong as same-sex marriage was several decades ago—it’s effectively only discussed as outdated jokes about Utah and Mormons, who banned the practice over 120 years ago.
Yet the moral reasoning behind society’s rejection of polygamy remains just as uncomfortable and legally weak as same-sex marriage opposition was until recently.
Polyamory is a fact. People are living in group relationships today. The question is not whether they will continue on in those relationships. The question is whether we will grant to them the same basic recognition we grant to other adults: that love makes marriage, and that the right to marry is exactly that, a right.
FOR THE FULL OP-ED: It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy – Fredrik deBoer – POLITICO Magazine.
(Welcome to the brave new world where anything goes in terms of “marriage.” Those who pushed for gay marriage will eventually have to accept other definitions of marriage. Why stop at allowing three people to marry? What about foursomes? There is a reason God created marriage to be between one man and one woman.)