Was Rick Santorum wrong to ask about polygamy?

- January 8th, 2012

Rick Santorum was taken to task in the media and by university students for asking whether legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy.

Listen to what is said in the video below, I think Santorum asks a fair question, one that was asked but ridiculed here in Canada when we had our own debate over legalizing same-sex marriage.

Those of us who said changing the definition from “one man and one woman” would lead to polygamy were dismissed at the time and told it was a bigoted question about something that would never happen.

Flash forward a few years from Canada’s 2005 debate on same-sex marriage and you find that in 2010 the Green Party proposed a resolution calling for recognition of polygamy.

What was the reasoning used? That recognizing polygamy and all polyamorous relationships was a “human rights” issue. And yes, the resolution put forward by the Toronto Centre Electoral District Council actually referenced same-sex marriage to support the move.

Eventually the Greens voted the move down  but not without dissension in the party. The push for polygamy to be accepted though has traction in parts of the radical left and among libertarians. For examples of the left supporting polygamy see here and here from the union sponsored website Rabble.ca. The idea has traction in Canada’s gay and lesbian newspaper as well.

The push for polygamy is being framed in the same way the push for same-sex marriage was, a matter of discrimination and human rights.

The students who booed Santorum and refused to take his questions seriously are in fact themselves not being serious.

What stops us from redefining marriage once again to more than two people as long as they are consenting adults?

How long will it be before we see news stories showing loving polygamous couples who just want the same recognition as everyone else?

We already have Sister Wives and Big Love out of Hollywood helping to normalize polygamy. Add in the fact that many new practitioners in Canada will be Muslim immigrants from countries that allow this practice and you get the perfect storm for the media and the left to find a new cause to back.

In the ’90s when the push for same-sex marriage began politicians of all stripes claimed it was wrong and voted against it. A few short years later some of those same politicians were backing same-sex marriage and denouncing as homophobic anyone opposed.

It won’t be long until politicians on both sides of the Canadian and American borders are asked by students about their “bigoted” positions against polygamy.

Categories: American politics, Politics

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6 comments

  1. JD says:

    Santorum may be the only federal politician who tackles head-on the question of how to discuss (let alone, decide) gay marriage. And he’s done so for years.

  2. Larry Bennett says:

    It’s a college, a university, a place of higher learning, there should be nothing that is not worth discussing and debating. It is obvious that the crowd was hijacked with a bunch of libertines and homosexuals, and many straight young people believe, after 12 or so years of brainwashing, that sodomy is a human right and should be socially acceptable. The fact it is not, is apparent, and what two people do in private is their business, and should not be criminal, but it should not be sanctioned by society as a whole. “Holy Matrimony will not give its benediction to these acts, nor should I as a taxpayer expect all the benefits of matrimony to be doled out to these people.

  3. Stephen Smith says:

    This topic sure does occupy a great of the free space inside the rights head, for what end, I do not know. It would seem to me there are bigger more pressing issues to tackle, the economy, education, the debt, one hundred thousand vetrans who are homeless and living on ther street.

    Wonder why this causes outrage when Ron Pauls ad via a loose group that calls itself non aligned with him publishes an add displaying John Huntsmans two adopted children, one Indian and the other Chinese, with a blatant headline the screams of racism, and narry a peep from the media, especially the right.

  4. gary says:

    The Leftist/liberals love to shout-down some people of a certain Faith and harp about how THESE people should keep their religion in the closet and just Shut-up.
    Then THEY suddenly become religious when they want to drag out Desmond Tutu to cite his ranting s about Poverty and Injustice, or they love to hold-up the Pope when the Pope talks about foregiving 3rd World debt.

    Lets face it, today, the most intolerant people are the same ones demanding Tolerance from the 99% they had contempt and disdain for.

  5. Mark Riese says:

    Of course he was wrong. One could just as easily make the argument of man-woman marriage being a slippery slope to polygamy as well. Most things in society are outlawed, or at least should be, because they harm others. Polygamy does that, gay marriage does not.

  6. lordshipmayhem says:

    Yes, I think Rick Santorum was wrong to ask about polygamy in response to the question about same-sex marriage. He was trying to deflect and confuse the issue by raising a non-equivalent one.

    Same-sex marriage is about treating every human being equally. Forbidding some consenting adults to marry (because they are the same gender) while other consenting adults are permitted means that some adults have more rights than others. Giving some more rights than others has long been recognized as unfair.

    The question of polygamy is NOT about treating people differently – in Western societies right now, you have the right to marry one (1) person at a time, no exceptions. Nobody is being discriminated against. It is a completely separate debate from “can two consenting adults marry regardless of gender”.

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