The BC government is asking the BC Supreme Court to rule if it is unconstitutional to ban polygamy, after two out of three special prosecutors surveyed seem to think it is.
It is hypocritical to support gay marriage and not polygamy. Who are we to say that love is only possible in certain combinations. It is up to those involved follow their heart.
People opposed to polygamy point to how many of the women involved in these relationships are oppressed. There used to be an institution like that. It’s call heterosexual marriage. We’ve come a long way since the time women where considered property and beating them too much was frowned upon. The legal structure of marriage has been one of the factors that facilitated that improvement.
Legalizing polygamy will allow those relationships to come out of the shadows and that can only help the women involved. They will be more free to talk about the relationship with friends and authorities. They will have the right to divorce and be able to receive a proportionate settlement. To add someone to a polygamous marriage will require consent of all already involved.
Legalizing polygamy will not instantly solve all the problems of exploitation in these relationships, but it will be an important first step. If we don’t they will continue to exist underground and little progress will likely be made, besides breaking a few of them up from time to time.