Mainstreaming the Multiple Marriage

A couple of months ago I commented to a friend, “The networks is softening us up or something with all these shows about polygamy in the last few years.”

This was in reaction to the latest called, “Polygamy, USA,” offered up by National Geographic. It follows shows like, “Sister Wives,” and the popular HBO series, “Big Love.”

So imagine my surprise, when I heard Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said the recent Supreme Court rulings on gay-marriage created the possibility for legalized polygamy. But, it was radio talk-show host Glenn Beck who said it while speaking with Paul.

“If you change one variable, man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman,” Beck said, “you cannot logically tell me you can’t change the other variable: one man, three women, one woman, four men,”

He later added speaking of Sharia law in the U.S., “If I’m a devout Muslim and I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen, that I can’t have multiple marriages?”

In the end, polygamy is being mainstreamed. Seems Beck and I have drawn the same conclusion, though we came to it via different routes.

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