While Patels urges that the related issues of statutory rape and pedophilia be prosecuted, he questions the ability of Canadian law and modern society to prevent arrangements of multiple partners who quietly choose to cohabitate.
This is a question that I continue to ask (not that I necessarily support the idea) - how can we say that some people should be allowed to live their lives without state interference and not others?
It's interesting to see a Progressive admitting that the slippery slope argument may in fact have some validity after all:
The case of the community of Bountiful, British Columbia, and its predilection for polygamy, is to be referred to the courts to determine the constitutionality of polygamy with respect to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
When same-sex marriage was first raised as a possibility, social conservatives quickly condemned it and said that if it were green-lighted, it would soon lead to polygamy as well -- and turn Canada into Sodom and Gomorrah.
Now that this issue has raised its head, one cannot deny that they were right in a way. But would it really be so bad if polygamy were allowed?
Some of his arguments that appear to be in favour of decriminalizing polygamy and polyamory in general are reminiscent of the same-sex marriage rhetoric:
So many people in modern society today have multiple spouses -- they're divorced from all of them, but they often have children together, while support payments serve as sort of a bond. Frankly, it would not be such a giant leap to a system where they all lived happily under one roof.
- i.e. Perhaps it would be better for the children, because they wouldn't feel 'different' and would be more likely to be accepted by the mainstream.
Just as was true of same-sex marriage, it is highly doubtful that allowing polygamy would have any effect on the rest of us.
-Yup. As long as it doesn't affect me. I've heard that one before.
And from an Opinionated Lesbian's blog:
If you support the right of gay people to live their lives as they wish, you must support the same right for others. Like polygamists.
We can't turn back the clock. It is what it is.
But let's just stop kidding ourselves.