Statesboro, GA, USA
I have a hard time imagining how legalizing polygamy would be beneficial. First of all, if America's divorce rate is so high (around 50% last I heard) among monogamous marriages, wouldn't adding spouses only complicate matters? The financial pressures, emotional dilemmas, and domestic responsiblilities all would be doubled, tripled...etc... I think it would be better to focus on ways to improve our commitments to one partner and work on our marriage skills as a nation. If we can't juggle one ball (so to speak) why go to two or three?
As far as imposing morality being a negative. . . I don't always see it as such. Any legislation ends up "imposing" some sort of morality. And it is often for the benefit or protection of society. Choices must be made. Not all considerations are merely political. I'm sure there are lots of the grass roots (like myself) who don't agree with polygamy, and politics has little to do with it. Of course one could brand anyone's convictions, concerns, and opinions as "political" in nature, for they are self expressive.
Being a clash of religious ideas among Mormons and Christians, (for whom it may interest), polygamy is usually defended and censured from the pages of the Bible. I remember the article seemed to suggest that polygamy in the bible is scripturally "sanctioned". The evidence given for this was that King David, and Solomon, among others were polygamists. However honestly in my estimation of Old Testament scripture, no positive sanction is given, though no harsh rebuke, unless you count as rebuke the recorded woes and negative consequences arising from multiple spouses, which is a reasonable estimate in my opinion. And such negative excerpts can be found about David and Solomon. Then to balance things, the New Testament makes many statements that favor monogamous marriage. When controversy with the jewish religionists occurred about marriage and divorce, Jesus referred that "it was not so in the beginning", pointing out the union of Adam and Eve being made "one flesh" (Mark 10:2-9). Also a leader of the church in 1 Timothy 3:2 must be "the husband of one wife". So the Mormons have a hard case to maintain if they are appealing to the Bible for support.
But aside from the biblical morality, I can see much practical/ social/ psychological reason for avoiding polygamy as a nation.
(Besides, any of you guys who feel its okay gutsy enough to really try it???) LOL.
[This message has been edited by Stephanos (edited 06-17-2001).]