Polygamy should be legal in the United States
People should have the right to have multiple relationships resulting in marriage, and the law
should reflect that right. Polygamist should not be discriminated upon when it comes to marital
rights. Instead of ignoring the law and turning cheek as long as there is no harm done, the law
should be changed to allow polygamy with some regulation for the wellbeing of everyone in the
First, the subject of polygamy and what it is. Next, there are both advantages and disadvantages
of polygamy for individuals, families, and society as there are with any type of relationship.
Finally, the government should not have the right to regulate marriages, due to the 1st and the
14th Amendment, therefor polygamy should be legal.
What is polygamy? Polygamy exists in three specific forms, including polygyny (one man
having multiple wives), polyandry (one woman having multiple husbands), or group marriage
(some combination of polygyny and polyandry). Historically, all three practices have been found,
but polygyny is by far the most common. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygamy)
Polygamy is illegal in all 50 United States, "with most under the law of which provides
that a person is guilty of the third-degree felony of polygamy if he or she marries or cohabits
with more than one spouse at a time in purported exercise of the right of plural marriage. The
crime is punishable either by a fine, imprisonment, or both, according to the law of the individual
state and the circumstances of the offense." (http://law.jrank.org/pages/9272/Polygamy-
History of polygamy, it has been practiced for many centuries by cultures around the world, from
Hebrews to China and sporadically in Native Americans, West Africans, Polynesians, Indians,
and the ancient Greece. It was accepted until the Romans Catholic Church made the rule of just
one wife. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints originally allowed polygamy, but it ended
in 1890 with president Woodruff. The members of this church began to be thrown out for being
polygamous in 1889. These members that were thrown out started the fundamentalist Mormon
group. Christian Polygamists started on July 4th 1994 with the first "Truth Tract"
which proved that Moses actually had two wives and was polygamist. Muslim polygamy and
Jewish Polygamy seems to have been a well-established institution, dating from the most ancient
times and extending to comparatively modern days.
Understanding polygamy is not going to make anyone agree that it should be legal, especially
when there are groups of polygamist who have created a reputation for imperialism. An example
of this is the recent exposer of the polygamy camp in Texas that had led many to believe that all
polygyny are sexual predators, marrying and forcing women to have sexual relations with them
at very young ages. This is in fact not always true. There are many different types of polygamist
communities some like the Texas compound but most like Centennial Park are very different.