Quantcast
Published On: Sat, Jun 29th, 2013

Polygamy groups ‘thankful’ for gay marriage decisions, likely to follow efforts in Canada seeking equal rights

The movement to legalize multi-partner marriage got a huge boost with this week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the federal government must give benefits to same-sex married partners, according to advocates of polygamy.

“We polyamorists are grateful to our brothers and sisters for blazing the marriage equality trail,” Anita Wagner Illig told U.S. News and World Report.

Polygamy logo by Akrabbim via wikimedia commons

Polygamy logo by Akrabbim via wikimedia commons

She works as an educator, activist and writer of a blog called Practical Polyamory.

“I would absolutely want to seek multi-partner marriage — it would eliminate a common challenge polyamorists face when two are legally married and others in their group relationships aren’t part of that marriage,” she said.

She, like many critics of gay marriage, argued it’s a matter of equality – the concept cited by the U.S. court in its decision.

“A favorable outcome for marriage equality is a favorable outcome for multi-partner marriage, because the opposition cannot argue lack of precedent for legalizing marriage for other forms of non-traditional relationships,” she said.

“If it was decriminalized, and you gave women and men the choice, you would create a much more healthy environment for both the community itself but also for the people living it,” Elisa Wall told FOX 13. “Because people could come in and out if they chose to. More than anything, my personal belief is that creating that foundation for a healthy polygamous lifestyle is the only way we’re going to impact the youth. It’s the only way we’re going to protect them.”

Wall spoke in the interview discussing the movement that some of those who still live — and believe — in the principle of plural marriage insist decriminalization would allow people to freely report potential abuse without fear of the entire family being prosecuted.

Polyamorists in Canada, which is ahead of the United States by several years in expanding the definition of marriage, are demanding formal recognition.

The Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association said this month it wants to see polyamoras relationships treated on the same legal footing as others.

From Chicago Now:

If polygamy were once again declared legal, think of the extended family support that it would provide to single women and children who cannot find either a member of the opposite sex or same sex to enter into a loving union with them.

Here are 5 good reasons to reinstate polygamy:

1. Provide food and shelter by private means

2. Allow the terminally single, men and women, to have some sort of lasting  and legal union with benefits, no matter if not complete and whole.

3. To provide for the care of children, which can supplement the government’s burden.

4. To form close-knit and protective communities.

5. To provide for the sexual variety that many psychologists  claim necessary to keep a marriage alive.

Fair is fair, and the time is now.

On the DISPATCH: Headlines  Local  Opinion

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter

* indicates required
/ ( mm / dd ) [ALL INFO CONFIDENTIAL]

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

Tags
Displaying 2 Comments
Have Your Say
  1. Keith Pullman says:

    There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to marry any and all consenting adults. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality “just for some” is not equality. Let’s stand up for EVERY ADULT’S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

  2. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    WHEN IT COMES TO SEX – FOR ME – “ALMOST ANYTHING GOES;” SEX SHOULD KNOW NO BARRIERS. BUT, WITH EVERYTHING IN MY HEART, BEING LOVED BY ONE MALE AND GIVING THAT LOVE IN ITS FULLEST POTENTIAL IN RETURN WOULD BE A DEFINING-FACTOR OF MY LIFE.

    POLYAMOROUS MARRIAGES HAVE NO REGARD FOR THIS TYPE OF COMMITTMENT – SO, I AM IN THE OPPOSITION ON THIS ONE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter



Categories

Archives

At the Movies



Pin It