Here are some serious - and unloaded, honestly - questions for those who would endorse legal recognition of polygamy, etc.
Should there be a cap on legally recognized partners? Wouldn’t any number be arbitrary?
How should custody disputes over children be resolved?
How should polygamist couples be taxed? Could the guy in the above story - with 40 wives and 60 kids - get to treat them as dependents?
How would Social Security benefits be distributed to say six widows in the event of an untimely death of a polygamist husband?
How would insurance work for families?
I asked myswelf some of that questions when it came to gay marriage.
The argument was that marriages have fiscal benefits because they “produce” children which is obviously not the case in most gay marriages.
My answer would be to stop linking those benefits to marriages and start linking them to the number of children.
As for insurances and so on, let the market figure it out.
There is a huge difference between people living with who they want, and the state sanctioning such deviant behavior.
And no - deviant in this context has no religious overtones. It simply means a deviation from the accepted norm.
This case has very little to do with that. It does have everything to do with some sick bastard with a God complex arranging marraiges between adult males and little girls, and raping 9-year old girls.
If the moral relativists are going to look the other way on this one - you are as guilty as the sick bastard that actually committed the crimes.
Everyone responding thought there was a clear line between polygamy and child abuse so where is the problem?
The guy wasn’t arrested for polygamy. He was arrested for sexual assault, or stautory rape.
Everyone wants to get on their “it’s okay to marry as many of whatever gets you off” soapbox when that is not even the issue. It could have been an athiest that got busted, or a Baptist preacher.
My point is it seems that no one even knows what the case3 is about, but instead decided this was a forum to talk about polygamy.
A bigger crime wqould be why it is only a misdemeanor in Cali to have kiddie pron on your computer.