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    Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    If gays should be allowed to marry, I can see absolutely no reason why polygamists should not have the same right.

    By all means, don't start drawing arbitrary lines in the sand now!
    Indeed, the question is over the government and its role in sanctioning these marriages and providing the same tax benefits.

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    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.
    The problem with these type of 'statistical arguments' is that they can be used against positions that you probably hold like gay marriage. Discriminating against an entire group of people based on statistics or even worse historical examples gets you into all kinds of ugly contradictions.

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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.
    At least divorce wouldn't be a complicated process . . .




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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    At least divorce wouldn't be a complicated process . . .




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    That is hilarious...good one, Maggie...

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    I don't think we should stop polygamists from saying they are married or living together, but I don't think the state should legally recognize polygamous relationships as a marriage.
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    Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I don't think we should stop polygamists from saying they are married or living together, but I don't think the state should legally recognize polygamous relationships as a marriage.
    Why? Should the state recognize gay marriages? Is the right to marry for consenting adults not universal?

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Libertas-Mors View Post
    The problem with these type of 'statistical arguments' is that they can be used against positions that you probably hold like gay marriage. Discriminating against an entire group of people based on statistics or even worse historical examples gets you into all kinds of ugly contradictions.
    The specific statistical argument he's making couldn't actually be used against gay marriage. There's no history of gay marriage involving control, subjugation and repression (except to the extent that some people are opposed to it).

    To be clear, I don't think such an argument is entirely a valid reason to oppose polygamy either (assuming the proper safeguards are in place), but it's a much better argument in that context than it is with respect to gay marriage.

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Libertas-Mors View Post
    Is the right to marry for consenting adults not universal?
    It's actually not. If the consenting adults are closely related, that's a no-go.

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    Re: Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Libertas-Mors View Post
    Why? Should the state recognize gay marriages? Is the right to marry for consenting adults not universal?
    I don't think the state should be forced to recognize gay marriage, I think it's up to the state to chose if they want to or not.

    The right to marry for consenting adults is the right to marry within the legal definition of marriage which can be one man one woman, same sex, or multiple partners.

    As far as marriage goes we would have to rework the system to allow for multiple partners and personally I don't think it should be legally recognized anyway. Just because adults consent doesn't mean that their relationship should be legally recognized, it means that they can have sex or live together without anyone stopping them.
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    Should polygamists have the right to marry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    It's actually not. If the consenting adults are closely related, that's a no-go.
    That's true. I don't disagree with that.

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