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
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".
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.