Well here's my position: I believe that everyone should have the right to live with and have children with whoever they want, as for how or even if the marriages should be recognized legally is another issue. You have to understand that even though recently he FLDS has gotten a lot of coverage, they are a CULT, so of course there will be a lot of abuse of power involved. There are polygamists who have happy lives so I don't think it is just to conclude that polygamy=abuse, or outlaw it.
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There's kind of two levels to my opinion about ploygamy- how I feel about it existing in society and what I would personally choose. Personally- not really for me, I'm not even very good at liking 2 guys at the same time let alone actually managing to be involved with two at the same time. And, I don't really want to be with a guy who has a bunch of other girls on the go as well, it just bugs me. So bascially, I'm a monogamist in my life choices and plan to continue that way.
But, the way I personally feel doesn't hold true with society. Kind of like being heterosexual- I don't want to be with women, but I don't care if some men/women want to be same sex couples,why not? I agree with you about FLDS- I read some personal accounts of it that were absolutely horrific, but again, it's a cult rather than a lifestyle choice. They're ONE group of people within a whole subculture and it's a bit unfair to paint them all with the same brush. You're right, there ARE some ploygamists who live pretty happy, normal lives outside of their multiple partners. And, I don't see a reason to outlaw it (because it really never goes away), but we should introduce some regulations if we're going to allow it, to protect people from abuse. Your current spouse(s) should have to be a witness or sign an affidavit saying he/she gives permission for the marriage. Also, the same minimum marriage age should apply, and if the children are under 18 being permitted by their parents, it should be ensured there's no coercion or abuse there. If you did that, I would not have any problems with ploygamy as a lfiestyle choice although I would still object to FLDS...0