Apparently some people are so interested in the topic of polygamy that they want to fill every gay marriage thread with discussion of it. Despite this – and in obviously stark contrast to the issue of gay marriage, which has reached the legislation in parliament stage – I’m yet to see anyone put forward a specific proposal for polygamy that we can evaluate on its merits.
I personally have no strong view either way. If it could work without oppressing women or making a mess of consent – if there’s a solution to problems like how to manage adding or divorcing partners from some or all parts of the union when the different other participants don’t agree (and I haven’t seen one), and if there weren’t any other obvious problems of which I haven’t yet thought – then I probably wouldn’t oppose it. I’m open to persuasion, if a good case can be made. But I can’t support the vague notion in the absence of a workable proposal, obviously.
So – time for the determined polygamy-discussers to put up or shut up. Let’s see if anyone really is interested in seriously debating this issue, or if they’ve only raised it in order to divert meaningful discussion on other topics. This is the thread where we’ll thrash the subject out – at least enough to determine if it’s something presently worthy of discussion. All further mentions of polygamy on other, different topics will be moved back to here.
Here’s your chance, polygamy-obsessives. Have at it.