What is the Future of "Marriage" in America?

Multiple states now recognize same-gender marriage. A federal judge has ruled the longtime ban on polygamy is unconstitutional. So, what's next? What is marriage anyway?

First legalized same-gender marriage, now polygamy. What’s next? The right to lawfully wed your 1956 Chevrolet BelAir?

“Sadly, when marriage is elastic enough to mean anything, in due time it comes to mean nothing,” says Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “This is what happens when marriage becomes about the emotional and sexual wants of adults, divorced from the needs of children for a mother and a father committed to each other for life.” 

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“As gay marriage has gained acceptance across the country, its opponents have often claimed that the inevitable next steps would be recognition of bigamy, polygamy, bestiality and incest,” reads an editorial in the Los Angeles Times. “So when a judge struck down part of Utah’s anti-polygamy law last week, those critics were quick to say they told us so.”

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“Many gay marriage advocates,” writes Harry Cheadle for Vice.com, “don’t want the public to draw comparisons between gay relationships and ‘weird’ potentially abusive multiwife setups. Back in 2006, Andrew Sullivan wrote, ‘Legalizing polygamy is a bad idea for a society in general for all the usual reasons (abuse of women, the dangers of leaving a pool of unmarried straight men in the population at large, etc.),’ an odd mirroring of all those conservatives who’ve talked about how ‘bad for society’ gay marriage would be.”

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