Is marriage between two consenting adults morally superior to a union among more or three, or four, or six? Slate writer Jillian Keenan thinks not.
As long as states are legalizing gay marriage, they should go a step further and validate polygamy, too. It's a simple case of consenting adults doing what they want without government interference, she argues.
While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let's not forget that the fight doesn't end with same-sex marriage. We need to legalize polygamy, too. Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families.
Keenan says it's hard to argue with the constitutional freedom of religious expression that legalized polygamy would preserve.
Most polygamous families are motivated by religious faith, such as fundamentalist Mormonism or Islam, and as long as all parties involved are adults, legally able to sign marriage contracts, there is no constitutional reason why they shouldn't be able to express that faith in their marriages.