What Else is Okay?
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Florida Family Policy Council president John Stemberger often asks “Where it will stop? If gay marriage is legal, what will stop America from removing legal hurdles to incest or polygamy?

We’re already seeing the beginning of that thought process.

The Washington Post reported recently about John Witte Jr.’s history of polygamy, due out next year.

“After all,” he writes, “American states today, viewed together, already offer several models of state-sanctioned domestic life for their citizens: straight and gay marriage, contract and covenant marriage, civil union and domestic partnership. Each of these off-the-rack models of domestic life has built-in rights and duties that the parties have to each other and their children and other dependents. And the parties can further tailor these built-in rights and duties through private prenuptial contracts. With so much marital pluralism and private ordering already available, why not add a further option — that of polygamous marriage?”

In British Columbia, Canada last year (where gay marriage is legal) the Supreme Court heard arguments against their anti-polygamy laws, which they decided to uphold. Polygamist TLC reality star Kody Brown and his four “wives” have recently filed a suit against the state of Utah, claiming the state’s laws forbidding polygamy “violate their privacy and right to religious freedom”.

All this should remind us again of the importance of the November 6 election. The culture’s view on marriage is being defined at all levels of government, from cities with domestic partner registries to counties creating additional rights for transgender individuals to states legalizing gay marriage and beyond.

4 thoughts on “What Else is Okay?

  1. “Where it will stop? If gay marriage is legal, what will stop America from removing legal hurdles to incest or polygamy?“

    Ummmm, LAWS??? Why would you feel anyone would “lift” any of these other laws, because they want equality for gays and lesbians, who are made in God’s image? Maybe Mitt Romney would, because his “religion” once believed in polygamy. Oh, wait–it’s also in the O.T.

  2. “Where it will stop? If gay marriage is legal, what will stop America from removing legal hurdles to incest or polygamy?“

    Ummmm, LAWS??? Why would you feel anyone would “lift” an thesey of these other laws, because they want equality for gays and lesbians, who are made in God’s image? Maybe Mitt Romney would, because his “religion” once believed in polygamy. Oh, wait–it’s also in the O.T.

    • I don’t know how you came to the conclusion that gays and lesbians are created in the image of GOD, but since you’re trying to use the Bible to validate your opinion, let me see if I can offer you some further insight. Adam, ( not gays and lesbians) was created in the image of GOD, and was given an instruction (law ) which he violated. The consequence was he lost his relationship with GOD, his nature was changed from innocence to sinner (violator of GOD’s law) Adam began to have sons and daughters who carried his image, not GOD’s. ( Genesis 5:3 ). Every human being who ever lived or will live, comes into the world carrying Adam’s image (sinner). He is the father of the human race. But GOD so loved his creation, that he provided a means for those who wanted to return to him ( John 3:16, Romans 5:18 & 19 ). He is called the last Adam, Jesus. Trying to justify a vice which emanates from your sin nature, is to set yourself against GOD, who declares that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD” (Romans 3:23) So whether it’s homosexuality, adultery, lying greed or whatever we’re all in the same boat with only one way out. You either take that way out, or you exercise the nature of Adam and rebel. You cannot assert your will or opinion above the will or law of GOD without consequence. Here is that law Old and New Testament. Leviticus 20:13 (and if you read that entire chapter, WOW)Deuteronomy 23:17, and Romans 1:27 and 32.

  3. Whether the marriage be straight or gay, the partnership is still between two equals, each with equal rights and equal responsibilities. Polygamy is an ancient patriarchal practice, come to us from the time when women had no rights whatsoever and were considered chattels to be traded among men, and used as concubines in harems. In the extremely important “Polygamy Reference” case in BC Supreme Court, Canada, Chief Justice Robert Bauman listened over a 4 month period to 13 groups, both pro and con polygamy. He brought down his 357-page decision on 23 November, 2011, ruling that polygamy is an anti-social act in that it harms all society, contravening the equality rights of women (guaranteed by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms), psychologically harming their children, and — since Nature has not even provided two women for every one man — setting poorer men against richer men who could afford to collect many concubines for their harems, thus robbing their poorer brothers of the chance to have a wife and family of their own. Apparently young men without women are the most dangerous group in all society. He then affirmed that S.293 CC, proscribing polygamy, was constitutional. (Check the Internet for these documents,which can be downloaded.) Canadians breathed a collective sigh of relief. We do not want the shame of having concubines and harems in our country. Our laws state that men and women are equal. (America does not have such a law, since it turned down the Equal Rights Amendment). Pro-polygamists should be reminded that the year is 2012 AD, not 2012 BC, and that women must be respected as men’s equals.