Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Slate on Polygamy

Jillian Keenan published an article on Slate regarding legalizing polygamy, a practice banned in this country since at least the nineteenth century, and one contrary to the definition of the institution of marriage as was raised to the dignity of a sacrament as given by Our Lord, where a man leaves his parents, and a woman hers, and the two become one flesh. That is in keeping with the order God set out in Genesis, for man is not fit to be alone, so He created woman from his side, and once and for all, Christ made clear that God had merely allowed polygamy and divorce for men had hardened their hearts. Here is a snippet from the piece.
Yes, really. 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.
The article is HERE. Quite frankly, it's irrelevant that she is currently the only commentator I have seen on this issue actually articulating this position; the same was said for homosexual 'marriage' in the 1990s.

The best answer came from her own combox.

If this is about justice and equality and those who are arguing for so called same sex marriage are correct, then justice and equality would demand all those relationships you mentioned be affirmed as marriages.  
The only possible answer is that marriage is objectively defined, it is a particular thing, and not just a social construct that can be whatever people want it to be.

Dr. Robert P. George, a noted Catholic scholar, has a response on First Things. I'll let him say what he has to say, and no, it's not about the glee in being right. Not only is that extremely prideful, it's a sickening feeling to be right about these cultural phenomena. 

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