Is polygamy now becoming acceptable in American society? Three lesbian women in Massachusetts recently “married” each other after exchanging vows in a wedding-style ceremony last year. They claim they are the world’s first “throuple.”
Although Massachusetts recognizes same-sex marriages, the state does not recognize polygamous ones. Nevertheless, the three women named Brynn, Doll, and Kitten still entered into the three-way relationship. Brynn told The Sun newspaper: “In our eyes we are married.We had specialist lawyers draw up paperwork so our assets are equally divided.”
Doll says, “As far as we know, there aren’t any three women married like us.” Doll has considered herself polygamous since high school. She said, “I had always dated girls, who—although they had boyfriends or girlfriends—were also allowed to date me. I never thought that much about it and I had never really come out as poly to my friends and family. To me, it was just how I was.”
Brynn insists that, despite their novel lifestyle arrangement, that they are “very traditional people” and “perfectly normal.” The three women would also like to raise three children using anonymous sperm donors-one for each them.
Massachusetts officials will allow the “throuple” arrangement to stand without interference.
Earlier this year, a British woman married her pet dog. Last year, a federal judge stuck down key parts of Utah’s polygamy bans as unconstitutional. Kody Brown, a fundamentalist Mormon, had fathered seventeen children with four wives and believed the ban violated his freedom of religion. A Boston College law professor wrote in the liberal American Prospect magazine about the slippery slope from homosexual unions to polygamous unions being officially enshrined in state law:
It’s been a few weeks since the victories in the marriage cases at the Supreme Court, and maybe it’s time for the political left to own up to something. You know those opponents of marriage equality who said government approval of same-sex marriage might erode bans on polygamous and incestuous marriages?
They’re right. As a matter of constitutional rationale, there is indeed a slippery slope between recognizing same-sex marriages and allowing marriages among more than two people and between consenting adults who are related. If we don’t want to go there, we need to come up with distinctions that we have not yet articulated well.
So, even a liberal law professor now acknowledges the dangers of state-approved two-person homosexual unions eventually becoming state-approved incestuous and polygamous relationships.
Will fundamentalist Muslims, fundamentalist Mormons, and the rest of America some day be able to enter into polygamous relationships with the state’s seal of approval? Will other kinds of arrangements such as even incest then be allowed?
Or will Americans halt the slide into state-approved homosexuality, polygamy, and other alternative “marriages” by taking a stand for traditional one-man, one-woman marriage here and now ? Feel free to share your thoughts.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom