Thanks for the civil response. They are linked in the sense they both are alternative marriage forms practiced in this country, albeit with limited legal recognition for ssm. The advent of legal ssm has raised the "should polygamy be legal" question. Arguments made in favor of ssm, can be made for polygamy as well, provided it is between consenting adults. Polygamy has entered pop culture mainstream via cable TV's "Big Love" and "Sister Wives".<quoted text>I am attempting to follow your train of thought. I fail to understand how and why polygamy pertains to same sex marriage. I have not read nor heard of a gay man or woman requesting to marry multiple people of the same sex. If you are questioning why polygamy is against the law in the US, or you are asking for the right to marry multiple people, seek legal counsel. I can only speak of why I think its illegal and that would be fair and equitable property disbursement upon a divorce.
Put aside the legal aspects for the moment, and look at it from a philosphical perspective. Why do we accept, marriage- father/give birth to children-divorce, repeat, step families, blended families, SSC head families, etc., yet "draw the line" at consentual polygamy?
Or to ask it another way
If a man and his two wives, and their children moved into the neighbor hood, should the be rejected simply based on their family structure?