Thursday, June 01, 2006

Polygamy + - The Slippery Slope

Remember back when same-sex marriage was in the news, the Liberal government was trying to rush through the legislation? Remember when people against SSM used the argument that this will lead to polygamy etc...? Remember when these people were chastized, rediculed, and told that's just the slippery slope fallacy? I remember!

The CBC's Fifth Estate is doing a story on Winston Blackmore from our favourite polygomous community in Bountiful, British Columbia.

Hana Gartner sat down with the then-Bishop of Bountiful in an exclusive interview to talk about his life there, his 26 wives and 80 children, his faith, and allegations of child brides and of abuse in the church’s chapter in Canada.

At the same time, this was just in the Calgary Sun:

Multiple-wife marriages have been legally recognized in Canada to award spousal support and inheritance payments.

The former Liberal government long maintained that polygamy is criminal in Canada but documents obtained by Sun Media under Access to Information show that polygamous marriages have been recognized "for limited purposes" to enforce the financial obligations of husbands.

Religious organizations say same-sex marriage opened the door to decriminalizing polygamy, and worry that formal recognitions of plural marriages will weaken the government's ability to defend the anti-polygamy law if it faces a constitutional challenge on religious grounds. A polygamist from Bountiful, British Columbia has warned he will fight for his constitutional right to have plural wives on religious grounds.

Hat tip: Dust My Broom


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