Homosexual marriage and polygamy

A letter to the editor was published on March 3 responding to my guest editorial, asking this question:

How do people like Scott, including legislators, come off as thinking they have the right to deny others, some of whom fought and died for this country, their human-given right to marry? Why can’t the concept of marriage evolve beyond one penis and one vagina?

If that is the argument for homosexual marriage, then why should that not apply to polygamy? After all, there are polygamists who have served their country in the military, and even fought in war. Why can marriage not evolve beyond one man and one woman to include a larger group of people?

One can certainly find more historical support for polygamy than one can find for same-sex marriage. Even many of God’s people in the Bible practiced polygamy – including King David, a man after God’s own heart. If one wants to argue from Scripture, it makes more sense that polygamy be recognized than homosexual marriage. After all, polygamy does not fundamentally alter the nature of marriage the way homosexual marriage does.

Allow me to be clear: I am not advocating that government recognize polygamy. Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a creation ordinance, as seen in Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:6-9 and Ephesians 5:25-31.

I am making the point that there is no logical basis on which to disallow polygamy if we are going to allow homosexual marriage. If the argument is that we have no right to discriminate against people based on who they choose to love, then there is no reason that should be limited to monogamous unions.

7 thoughts on “Homosexual marriage and polygamy

  1. A polygamist can still get married once, just like I can. That's still equal rights.

    Technically speaking, gay couples have fewer rights than polygamists do. Arguments comparing apples to oranges don't apply to discussions about equality.

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  2. “Allow me to be clear: I am not advocating that government recognize polygamy.” Why not, since your own “holy book” supports polygamy, even making it obligatory in the case of widowed sisters-in-law? I thought you were a true believer!

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  3. Easy, because like which hand is dominant (right or left), eye color, and voice pitch one's sexuality is determined from birth — unless you want to argue that someone simply chooses to be a heterosexual.

    Polygamy, unlike sexuality, is a religious preference. One isn't born a polygamist, as one is born a heterosexual.

    I don't understand the silly “creation” argument as a test for marriage validity. Next month I'll be married to a wonderful woman who is in her late 40s and thus biologically incapable of becoming pregnant.

    Are you saying that it would not be an infringement of our civil rights in Indiana should this state pass a constitutional ban on marriage between any two people who are incapable of
    demonstrating fecundity?

    If so, all I can say is thank goodness we're getting married in California.

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  4. The “creation”” argument is specious on its face. Aside from flying in the face of science–which right-wing Xians believe is “satanic deception”–it provides the shaky foundation for their claim that women must always be subordinate and submissive to men. Another great reason to ditch religion altogether.

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  5. I've never said childless couples should not be permitted to remain married, or that infertile couples should not be able to get married, provided the couple is an unrelated adult man and woman.

    And, no, the Bible doesn't condone polygamy. Jesus reinforced the creation ordinance of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    And polygamy is a religious preference? Some would argue that monogamy is unnatural. In fact, Matt Walsh deals with a critic who argued that premise on his blog.

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