Big Love is coming to an HBO channel near you, and has sparked a bit of conversation about polygamy. Is polygamy ok?
Well, I mean, isnâ€™t it? Whatâ€™s the moral reason that men shouldnâ€™t be able to marry two women, or women marry two men? As long as all parties agree to the deal, I donâ€™t think I have a problem with it.
Does it work? Can anyone be happy in a polygamous marriage? I donâ€™t know, but thatâ€™s not really my problem. Thatâ€™s their problem, when they agree to it. (I do think that there shouldnâ€™t be a second marriage without the first spouse agreeing to it.) And anyway, there are enough monogamous marriages that break up (or last unhappily for years) that we canâ€™t point to happiness as our reason to outlaw it.
If anyone has a non-God reason that we shouldnâ€™t allow polygamy, let me know.