Polygamy should be legalized in the United States
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This, however, pales in comparison to the moral outrage that a majority of Americans would exhibit. A mere 14% of Americans consider polygamy to be morally acceptable, according to Gallup. If so few people can stomach the idea of plural marriage being legal in their country, how would they react if it was allowed? The public outcry would be overwhelming. The rage exhibited by the religious right after the Obergfell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide was strong enough; imagine how these same people would react if what they viewed as the "sanctity of marriage" was trampled once more.
http://www.thedailybeast.com... while polygamy is only at 16% the morality of the action has doubled in support from 7% in other words day by day it grows more acceptable and popular among the American people. Yes there are complications about polygamy such as the things that you have brought up but those are easily solvable by splitting up the assets accordingly just as you would do with a divorce. You are acting like women would not have rights if marriages were polygamous if a spouse doesn't like another spouse she can simply leave and take a percentage of whatever the husband/wife they are married to and be done with it. People raged over same-sex marriage not because it was gay marriage but because of the fact that the law was throwing away the religious beliefs of the people and forcing priests to marry gay couples. This would not be the case since you could just get a marriage by the state most of the moral outcry about polygamy wouldn't and shouldn't matter because it is effecting no one else's life but those involved
You seem to have a pretty optimistic view of how divorces work, but the reality is that dividing assets between even two people can be an extremely arduous and costly affair involving complicated legal deliberation. Attempting to arbitrate a divorce between three or more people would be even more of a disaster.
In terms of your points on the comparison to gay marriage, I take issue with your claim that the concerns of most religious people were that their clerics would be forced to marry gay couples considering that's patently false (https://www.au.org...). Case in point, gay marriage is legal now and priests aren't being forced to officiate gay weddings. The reason people take issue with certain forms of marriage being legalized is because they see them as being an affront to their religiously-based idea of what marriage is supposed to be. Sure it may not be fair, and sure it may not affect their lives, but that's simply how a large portion of the population feels. The opposition to gay marriage was forceful enough, and that's something that over 50% of Americans are in support of at this point, so it's not unreasonable to assume that public outcry would be extremely strong.
TV indeed portrays more than one example of happy polygamous families through the use of reality shows, though as we all know, these shows are often far from reality. The image of a happy unconventional family is what people want to see, and the networks have motivation to portray them as such for ratings and financial gain. Using a program like Sister Wives to exemplify why polygamy should be legal is sort of like using a show like Will and Grace to promote gay marriage. Culturally influential in increasing tolerance of social behaviors previously (or currently) considered taboo? Most certainly. But not valid basis for any legislation.
It is without question that polygamists desire marriage the same as anyone else does. From the inside looking out, it is easy for them to feel this way. But America is a democracy, and it is the government's responsibility to represent the will of its people. When the vast majority of Americans are against the idea of legalizing plural marriage, the government's hands are tied. There is simply no way they can sell the idea of legal polygamy to a country so vehemently against the concept. With that, I close my argument. Thank you as well for an engaging debate.
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Vote Placed by lyokowarri0r 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Both sides were good but the con side had better points and WAY better rebuttals that weakened the pro side.
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