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, isn’t it? What’s the moral reason that men shouldn’t be able to marry two women, or women marry two men? As long as all parties agree to the deal, I don’t think I have a problem with it.

Does it work? Can anyone be happy in a polygamous marriage? I don’t know, but that’s not really my problem. That’s their problem, when they agree to it. (I do think that there shouldn’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 can’t point to happiness as our reason to outlaw it.

If anyone has a non-God reason that we shouldn’t allow polygamy, let me know.

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