Maybe someone more knowledgeable can set me straight, but I don’t understand what charges they can bring against modern Polygamous couples, like the one highlight in the current “Sister Wives” scandal. I don’t see how they can charge him with “marrying” more than one wife, when it’s illegal to begin with to marry more than one person.

Let me explain, there is no way legally that all four of his marriages are legal, so technically he isn’t breaking the law, right? I mean, he’s cohabiting and having sex with 4 women, one of them his wife, and their children. I don’t see what charges they can bring towards him. What’s the difference legally between this and someone with an open marriage letting someone who has a sexual relationship with one or both of them live with them for a while? Seriously.

In the very least, I suppose a conservative place like Utah can claim that it’s a harmful environment for their kids and attempt to displace them… I wouldn’t be surprised if they were able to do something like that.

Of course, I don’t know the law in Utah, or in many other states, so I can’t really say whether there is some other archaic law binding them.

I feel like in this instance, people are calling this marriage a marriage, because it helps them damn them. Whereas other situations where people consider themselves privately married and living with each other are not recognized under the law as marriage.

2 Thoughts on “Something I just don’t get…

  1. I don’t know the case in question, but society tends to react with mediocre thinking. It’s lame. Monogamy may have been a system of officializing who is the rightful inheriter of the family lineage and wealth. To protect this family system, and mixed up with the need to prevent the aggravation of female jealousy (and its consequential family feud), there tends to be a sudden impulse in some society to outright condemn open polygamy-by-fact.

    If you cheat on your partner, you are immoral. If you do this secretly, at least you are aware you’re being immoral, so it’s better than if you did it more openly, or with the consent of your partners, as that would challenge the moral standard of that society, and open way for heretics, and men or women questioning the validity of monogamy at this point in society.

    Throw in certain feminists saying polygamy tends to wrongfully favor men, and it turns into a little mess with not much sense to it, indeed…

    We don’t need to stop there in terms of identifying what is not thoroughly analyzed in social condemnation. Is the cession of the confederate states really so bad, especially in a federation that broke off from its original country? We could start from there and re-evaluate the constitution of the American way of life…

  2. cession -> secession

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