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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Will Canada Embrace Polygamy?

The very first Republican Party Platform, adopted in 1856, called on Congress to eliminate those "twin relics of barbarism, polygamy and slavery." We succeeded at abolishing both. Traditional marriage is the foundation of a civilized nation, and the enemies of our way of life know that undermining marriage will destroy us. Yet our neighbor to the north, Canada, recently started down that disastrous path.

Canada has already adopted same-sex marriage. Canada prides itself on being different from the United States, more progressive and forward-looking. Now the other shoe is dropping, as libertarians are urging Canadian courts to invent a constitutional right to polygamy. Polygamy is the practice of multiple wives for each man. That is contrary to civilized behavior and would be a huge step backward. The Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court recently spent 42 days listening to legal arguments about whether he should strike down Canada’s law against polygamy. This case may eventually reach Canada's Supreme Court. The arguments for a constitutional right to polygamy are rather similar to demands for same-sex marriage in arguing that people should have a right to any adult relationship they want. Canadian government attorneys and many groups are properly arguing against polygamy, citing the exploitation of children and other bad effects. This Canadian case has exposed evidence of the polygamous marriage of girls as young as 12 years old.

This polygamy issue was settled long ago in civilized societies, and laws against polygamy were approved by the United States Supreme Court in 1879. It is really necessary to repeat the mistakes of the past?

The Supreme Court case upholding federal law against polygamy is Reynolds v. United States.

Read more: ACLU defends polygamy: http://www.wnd.com/

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