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  •  We won't fall down slippery slope to polygamy. (12+ / 0-)

    It sounds like you're trying to use the threat of polygamy to scare us. I have to things to say about that"

    1) I am confident that when the polygamists present their case, we will be able to judge the new issues involved without being swept away; and

    2) I think that this scare tactic actually increases the likelihood of polygamy becoming legalized. It's not far from the "You lied to me about marijuana, why should I believe you about heroin" story--that back in the 1960s, many kids who tried marijuana found that it wasn't as bad as their parents and the antidrug assemblies in school made it out to be, and that reduced their resistance to heroin use. The same applies here; if you continue using polygamy as a scare tactic, people will stop being scared when they see that gay marriage wasn't the existential threat they'd been told.

    The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

    by Judge Moonbox on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 05:35:15 PM PST

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    •  I don't see what the problem is (7+ / 0-)

      about polygamy- as long as the parties concerned are consenting adults (here are your limits), who are we to tell them they're wrong?

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 03:47:25 AM PST

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        denise b

        The only "problem" that I can see is that marriage defines a large number of exclusive rights. Extending those to a group becomes a bit awkward (much as it sometimes is for an individual...).

        It strikes me that a lot of those would need to be negotiated, and that a contract would be the appropriate article for doing so. Then again, a lot of things are typically negotiated less formally in existing marriages, but things like children's wardship, &c, would probably be demanded/required by the state.

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