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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I say no. There has been no large scale, or even moderately scaled, polygamous society that hasn't revolved around sexism, control, subjugation, and repression. If it could ever prove itself restrained to the rights and liberties of the individual, it can be considered.
    This is a very compelling reason. I think that, with the proper legal protections in place, consenting adults could make it work, rather than the more common polygamist systems of getting teenage girls into marriages.

    Polygamy should be given critical evaluation, its effects on other laws must be considered, and its primary uses must be taken into account. I see no reason on paper why polygamy is not feasible.

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I don't see why not, if all are consenting adults.
    Indeed. Many times it is not. That's the only reason I can see to prevent it. Though I do also see the argument that everyone could marry everyone else, thus making marriage in general moot. The notion behind a marriage is a deeper level of commitment than most other relationships. If such a relationship can be built with more than two consenting adults, I see no reason to prevent it. But the inheritance and medical proxies make it complex. If there are three members in a marriage, and one is in a coma, and one spouse wants to pull the plug and the other does not, how would it be determined? It would be complex legally. Not impossible, not prohibitively complex. But complex.
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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Libertas-Mors View Post
    I say yes. I see no reason why they shouldn't be able to.
    Sure. Polygamy is more stable then monogamy.

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Libertas-Mors View Post
    I say yes. I see no reason why they shouldn't be able to.
    As long as everyone involved is a consenting adult (this would exclude, e.g., cultural coercion (I'm looking at you Mormons)), I do not give a ****.

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Libertas-Mors View Post
    I say yes. I see no reason why they shouldn't be able to.
    Oh, why the hell not? We're on the edge of that slippery slope now . . . let's just get it over with.
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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Food for thought...

    David Friedman, economist and Steve Sailer, journalist have argued that polygamy tends to benefit most women and disadvantage most men, under the assumption that most men and women do not practice it. The idea is firstly that many women would prefer half or one third of someone especially appealing to being the single spouse of someone that does not provide as much economic utility to them. Secondly, that the remaining women have a better market for finding a spouse themselves. Say that 20% of women are married to 10% of men, that leaves 90% of men to compete over the remaining 80% of women. Friedman uses this viewpoint to argue in favor of legalizing polygamy, while Sailer uses it to argue against legalizing it
    Confused yet?

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aderleth View Post
    As long as everyone involved is a consenting adult (this would exclude, e.g., cultural coercion (I'm looking at you Mormons)), I do not give a ****.
    As far as I know, Mormons don't coerce anyone into polygamous relationships. I know a fair number of Mormons, all of them in monogamous marriages, but of the polygamous marriage practicioners that I've seen, they don't appear to be coerced or urged in any manner.
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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Oh, why the hell not? We're on the edge of that slippery slope now . . . let's just get it over with.
    That's what I say, Maggie. Now my cat and parakeet wanna get married. So I said...what the hell, go for it. Guess we'll have some paracats running or skipping, or...kinda flying around the house.

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    That's what I say, Maggie. Now my cat and parakeet wanna get married. So I said...what the hell, go for it. Guess we'll have some paracats running or skipping, or...kinda flying around the house.
    How am I harmed if your cat and parakeet marry?

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    How am I harmed if your cat and parakeet marry?
    I'm sure you'll figure out a way. But I say...sure, why not get married. It's no fur off of my feathers.

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    As far as I know, Mormons don't coerce anyone into polygamous relationships. I know a fair number of Mormons, all of them in monogamous marriages, but of the polygamous marriage practicioners that I've seen, they don't appear to be coerced or urged in any manner.

    Google Warren Jeffs. Modern orthodox Mormons have quite rightly stepped away from their abusive history, but examples of it still exist in the modern world.

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