Well, that didn’t take long!

18 12 2013

The New York Times is now questioning the usefulness of anti-polygamy laws.  I seem to recall that one argument against gay marriage proposals was that it would simply be the opening wedge in a broader effort to de-legitimize all restrictions on government-recognized marriages.  Of course, that argument was pooh-poohed by the chattering classes (like the Times) as baseless fear-mongering.  

Now, the libertarian in me questions the need for a government to give permission to anyone to marry whomever they choose.  And often, the pro-polygamy, like the pro-gay marriage, activists cite as a reason in support the amount of benefits that would be denied a same-sex couple.  Those are government benefits, which means tax-payer money.  The Times estimated that a same-sex couple would be denied anywhere from $40,000 to $400,000 in benefits available to married couples.  The numbers for polygamous couples would most likely be significantly higher.

And of course, there are cultures in world where polygyny is practiced, including most Islamic cultures.  I would not be surprised to find that the multi-culti warriors will jump on the plural marriage bandwagon in the very near future, as well.

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