Polygamy - It's All You Ever Wanted
Isn’t that what we have been told?
Anyway, here we are, in Canada, faced with a pending legal challenge on polygamy by the Mormons of Bountiful BC. And isn’t it a grand, marvelous day for all progressive Canadians.
Finally, we can take this next step toward building a more enlightened society. A society where everyone is equal including all marginalized minorities - like polygamists, for example.
And anyway, what’s to lose? Marriage? Ha. It’s been a long time since marriage meant anything at all.
I ask you, what’s so special about marriage? What benefits or privileges come with marriage these days? What special respect or consideration is given married people? Common law couples have the same rights. They get the same property, succession, benefit and pension rights as legally married couples. And as for the validity of the marriage contract – what a joke. What other contract can be legally severed by one party without the consent or cooperation of the other? Marriage, that’s all. Once the foundation of our society – now a meaningless parody. So what’s all the fuss about? Let the polygamists in, I say.
I tell you, I am perplexed how anyone who supports gay marriage could possibly object to polygamy. People who love each other should not be discriminated against when comes to marriage. All people should be treated equally. Isn’t that the basis of the argument for gay marriage? Isn’t it all about honoring the love between two people? Aren’t those who oppose this principle bigots? And if it’s between a man and his wife, or a man and his husband; why not between a man and other wife, or a man and his other husband. Why should anyone have the right to tell loving people who they can and cannot marry?
The sad thing about all of this is that the supporters of gay marriage - the people whose philosophies fundamentally changed the way that we look at marriage – are not front and centre in the fight for polygamous marriage. Oddly, they supported expanding the definition of marriage when it benefited them but, now, when it doesn’t, they seem to be singing a different story. I just can’t understand it. Do they have something against Mormons?
Curse those divisive Mormons. How dare they want us to accept a different definition of marriage. What right do they have to expect us to change an understanding that has been in place for thousands of years. Hmmm, where have I heard that before?
Interestingly it’s not only Mormons who do the multiple lovin’ thing - Muslims do it too. Right here in Toronto, I've read that there’s a mosque that allows polygamous marriages. Wow. Apparently this seems to be a practice that crosses cultural barriers. (I’m getting a warm and fuzzy multicultural feeling here.) Maybe this could be something that brings us together, rather than tears us apart.
Tell me, what greater testament to our multicultural ideals can we possible extol than to allow our valued Muslim neighbours to stand side by side with their Mormon brothers in embracing an important part of their culture here in our tolerant, multicultural Canada. Isn’t that what Canada is all about – allowing everyone to adhere to their valued cultural norms while co-existing side by side with everyone else?
I have read that the lawyer representing the Bountiful (a well named community, I’d wager) male who is being charged with polygamy has stated that he will rely heavily on previous court decisions that changed the definition of marriage to include gay people.
Imagine, Mormons, Muslims and gays, in lockstep, leading us into a brave new progressive world where marriage is no longer the sole dominion of straight Christian people. I’m getting all tingly inside.
So, let’s just take life as it comes, and call a spade a spade, shall we. Marriage has long since lost its meaning. When people can sever a legal marriage contract unilaterally with little or no consequences; when people who are not married are legally given the same family rights as married people and when one woman is allowed to marry another woman, well, clearly marriage is not what anyone could have envisioned years ago when it was for life and only between a one man and one women. Apparently, all bets are off. So, let the chips fall where they may.
And the gambling euphemisms are not entirely out of place here. After all, it was a gamble to expand the definition of marriage. And everyone was fully aware that, once opened up, marriage would be fair game for polygamists. Some of us knew this was true and fought against gay marriage. Others knew it was true but fought for it because they wanted so badly for gay people to be married. Whatever the case, here we are.
But take heart, all you folk who favored gay marriage but oppose polygamous marriage. You have nothing to fear. Canada’s leftist, feminist, activist courts will not let you down. Regardless of your hypocrisy, there will never be a legal polygamous marriage in Canada – not anytime soon anyway. Our judges will see to that.
Even if it means tying themselves in legal semantical knots. Even if it means ignoring any existing legal precedents. Even if it means defying all measures of logic and common sense. They will make up all sorts of fancy sounding reasons why their previous decision to allow gay marriage cannot be held up as grounds for allowing polygamous marriage. All sorts of subterfuge and doubletalk will be used. And as usual, Canadians will fall in line like sheep to a sheering. Gay marriage will be protected and white polygamists will be rejected, persecuted and imprisoned. (Muslim polygamists will rightfully be excluded from any persecution..........It's a political thing.)
Let’s face it, marriage is what it is this very minute. It is not what it was and it is not what it’s going to be. It is a work in progress. This legal understanding was enshrined before the legalization of gay marriage, when marriage was ruled no more important than shacking up.
Next stop – a Constitutional challenge by a brother who wants to marry his sister. I’ve got the remote in my hand and I just can’t wait. Bring it on Oprah. Hang on people, it’s gonna be a hell of a ride.