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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Yeah, the "how do we split things up in a divorce" problem that people have brought up.

    Simply solved... require the poly-whatevers to have a prenup detailing who gets property and kids before marrying. Solved.
    what about social security issues?

    How do employers handle insuring spouses?

    I keep hearing "we can't discriminate against anyone because of who they fall in love with".... well, why doesn't that apply to poly-whatevers too?
    I'm not sold on the notion that you can't discriminate against SSM. I think this notion that it is a cut and dried violation of equal rights is a crock, but it does it least have a compelling case. Polygamy doesn't. We absolutely have the power of discriminating against such an activity, just as we can ban incestuous adult relationships.

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    If we're gonna kick the door open for SSM, I find it hard to see where we could morally and legally deny polygamists or polyamorists equal rights to marriage.
    That and many more reason were given to prevent SSM. Where does it end?

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    That and many more reason were given to prevent SSM. Where does it end?


    I have no idea.


    I'm pretty sure the polygamists and polyamorists are going to be lining up their arguments if SSM becomes law-o-the-land, and having set the precedent it is going to be hard to argue against them.

    After all, it isn't their fault they fell in love with multiple partners, is it? We cannot define for others who they can fall in love with, or deny them equal access to the institution of marriage, just because they love more than one person. Actually it is probably something they're born with and can't help, and thus denying them their civil rights would be very wrong.

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I have no idea.


    I'm pretty sure the polygamists and polyamorists are going to be lining up their arguments if SSM becomes law-o-the-land, and having set the precedent it is going to be hard to argue against them.

    After all, it isn't their fault they fell in love with multiple partners, is it? We cannot define for others who they can fall in love with, or deny them equal access to the institution of marriage, just because they love more than one person. Actually it is probably something they're born with and can't help, and thus denying them their civil rights would be very wrong.
    the next cliche tag line will be "...no matter who you love...or how many!"

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I don't see why not, if all are consenting adults.
    If you are a taxpayer you should think about the financial implications.

    Do you want to pay huge benefits to some public employee's 20 husbands and wives?
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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    If you are a taxpayer you should think about the financial implications.

    Do you want to pay huge benefits to some public employee's 20 husbands and wives?
    Isn't that already included [somewhere] in ObamaCare?

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    If you are a taxpayer you should think about the financial implications.

    Do you want to pay huge benefits to some public employee's 20 husbands and wives?
    The can of worms is already open.
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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    So you're in favor of polygamy provided there's at least four sides in the mix. Understood.
    Actually, that would alleviate the one issue I brought up that is a problem, conflicting decisions between two partners over the third. If there are three people making a decision about the fourth member, there can't be a tie. The vote will be 2-1.
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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontologuy View Post
    Not only do you rile against an absolutely non-existent nothing, but, given the chance to have a topically relevant detailed discussion of the particulars of the issue, you defer in lieu of your typical M.O.: initiation of personal ad hominems sans topically relevant content.



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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Yeah, the "how do we split things up in a divorce" problem that people have brought up.

    Simply solved... require the poly-whatevers to have a prenup detailing who gets property and kids before marrying. Solved.


    I keep hearing "we can't discriminate against anyone because of who they fall in love with".... well, why doesn't that apply to poly-whatevers too?
    It does apply to them. I don't care how many balls and chain you want to wear!

    But all the "default" positions (inheritance, kids, etc) would need new rulings, or new documentation, or something. There are definite complications above and beyond what any two people would have.
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