A quick post...
People use the slippery slope argument that we shouldn't let gays marry because then we'll have to allow polygamy. Problems with that argument aside, what's wrong with polygamy exactly, on a 'pursuit of happiness' basis? I understand the feminist argument and I agree with it. I also understand there are difficulties with health insurance and so forth, but that is a secondary issue. So, if women are happy with the situation, were in no way pressured into it, and aren't forced to stay, who are we to say they cannot do it? It is legal to cohabit in said situation, so why can't they have a certificate acknowledging the arrangement too? It's not as if polygamy is a peversion of Nature as homosexuality could be considered; in fact it is more consistent than monogamy. Homosexuality is not evolutionarily beneficial, but the male sex having many partners can be. Furthermore, polygamy is rampant in the Bible. So what gives?
I am still divided on the issue, mostly for the feminist argument. After some introspection, however, I think the situation may be that I, like homophobes, have a negative gut reaction to the situation, even though I can have no legitimate legal or moral complaint about it as long as all parties are willing and able to give consent. The feminist argument is only legitimate if we are to restrict free speech on its basis; equal treatment is mainly a requirement of governmental and institutional behavior, not individual behavior.
So enlighten me. Who are we to say that this is so wrong that it must be made a crime? Who is it hurting (given that the wives are content and there of their own free will)? Is my reasoning sound and my perception of my reaction correct? Is there anything I'm failing to consider?
Disclaimer: I write this, and other things like it, merely to get my thoughts down and clarify them in my mind, and ultimately (hopefully), to determine my position.
Furthermore, there are many things behind my allegations that I have not articulated...my view of morality and government domain and religion, for example. I realize this makes it difficult to see where I am coming from, but perhaps someday I will have time to rectify that.