Why Governments Haven’t, and Shouldn’t, Recognize Polygamy

Apr 26, 2016 by

by  Christopher Kaczor, Public Discourse: Despite the example set by the Biblical patriarchs, Western societies have traditionally outlawed polygamy, for reasons both religious and secular. In his recent book, John Witte Jr. gives a history of the arguments for and against polygamy, making a compelling case that polygamy should not be recognized today. In The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy, John Witte Jr. explores the various legal and social rationales given for defining marriage as...

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‘Women unwittingly entering polygamous marriages in UK’

Apr 13, 2016 by

From The Christian Institute: Women are suffering under sharia law in the UK, a Peer has warned, as she cautioned against getting trapped in a “labyrinth of inaction” on the issue. Baroness Cox told the BBC’s Daily Politics show that she believes in the freedom of religion and belief, but that sharia law ‘inherently discriminates’. Noting that some women are entering into polygamous marriages without realising, Lady Cox said women are being left “desperately unhappy”. Baroness Cox, a Patron of...

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Four wives are better than one

Jan 28, 2016 by

By Alexander Boot: Polygamous marriages are illegal in Britain, no doubt regrettably for some. For one thing, having, to take an arbitrary number, four wives may diminish the urge to break the adultery commandment. Surely observing the Decalogue is important, isn’t it? […]  But not to worry: this is where the new universal credit system comes in. Our bright legislators have devised a stratagem to make polygamy pay in the crudest financial sense. Polygamous marriages may be illegal, but...

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Toward Plural Marriage: Understanding and Countering the Liberal Wringer

Dec 7, 2015 by

by Scott Yenor, Public Discourse: Anyone interested in defending marriage and family life must first expose the built-in biases and hidden moral teaching within the contemporary liberal perspective. According to the modern idea, marriage is merely a consenting relationship between adults, for whatever purposes those adults define. This idea has given us same-sex marriage. As many have pointed out, plural marriage is the next logical step. Why should a marriage so understood be limited to two...

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Muslim men having ’20 children each’ because of polygamy, peer claims

Oct 25, 2015 by

By Steven Swinford, Telegraph: Muslim men in some communities are having up to 20 children each because of polygomy and the rise of “religiously sanctioned gender discrimination” under Sharia Law, peers have warned. Baroness Cox, a cross-bench peer, highlighted a series of “shocking” examples of the impact of Sharia law on Muslim women in Britain as she called for them to be given greater protection under equality legislation. She disclosed one case in which a...

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US same-sex marriage ruling used to back appeal against polygamy ban

Aug 28, 2015 by

From Christian Today: The stars of the US reality television show Sister Wives used the US Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage ruling to support their case against Utah’s polygamy ban, court records show. The filing with the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals by Kody Brown and the four women he considers his wives – Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Sullivan – came in response to the Utah Attorney General’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling in their...

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