Friday 9 December 2016

Polygamy, polygyny, polyandry? What's next?

Single-sex marriage is so yesterday. What do we think about legalising multiple marriages? asks Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

'I said publicly that the 'No' side in the referendum on gay marriage had valid arguments that should be addressed respectfully - not least that there would be unforeseen consequences if we changed the definition of marriage'
'I said publicly that the 'No' side in the referendum on gay marriage had valid arguments that should be addressed respectfully - not least that there would be unforeseen consequences if we changed the definition of marriage'

What with the relentless contempt and abuse one receives for expressing unfashionable views, sometimes it's quite wearing being a "conservative". Having written that word, I googled it to check what I was owning up to, and was told it meant "averse to change or innovation and holding traditional values".

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Well, actually, though I don't think change is necessarily good, I quite like a lot of it and I've rejected plenty of traditional values in my time. Indeed, since as a child I began to read about people from other times and worlds, I've had a rooted objection to anyone being stuck automatically with the values of their often ignorant, bigoted or thick ancestors.

Still, "homophobe" was one term of abuse I was awarded a few times recently because even though I would probably have voted 'Yes', I said publicly that the 'No' side in the referendum on gay marriage had valid arguments that should be addressed respectfully - not least that there would be unforeseen consequences if we changed the definition of marriage.

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