The media in Australia seems to be obsessed at present with the subject of gay marriage. Recently a Baptist pastor was sacked over the issue (for supporting gay marriage), and the ALP national conference voted to legalise gay marriage. This certainly is a current “hot” issue.
The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, was shown several weeks ago on a national morning breakfast TV show making a comment on this issue. He noted that legalising gay marriage would fundamentally change the definition of marriage and open up marriages in Australia to all sorts of other possibilities, including polygamous marriage. This is clearly a ‘thin-edge-of-the-wedge’ argument. The morning breakfast show hosts ridiculed him for such arrant nonsense.
In last weekend’s Australian newspaper there was an article on the polygamous community in Australia: “Three in marriage bed more of a good thing” by Ean Higgins. Of course these polygamists don’t call themselves polygamists, but the polyamorous community! They are on about love: just more of it!
Slogans are powerful. The gay community have pushed that legalising gay marriage is about “equality”. Polygamists have jumped on the band-wagon by calling themselves the polyamorous community. Let me quote to you from Higgins’ article. Higgins quotes psychologist Nina Melksham as saying: “The polyamory community has always been supportive of the values of equality and acceptance”. The polyamorous community joined the Mardi Gras this year and believes that: “last weekend’s vote by the ALP national conference to change the party platform to legalise same-sex marriage is a base on which they can build.”
There are nuances I am leaving out from Higgins’ article, but you get the idea. Peter Jensen was right. Our society does not seem to understand what they are doing when they change the definition of “family”. Legalised polyamorous marriage may not be as far off as we may like to think. What’s next? Lowering the age at which children can be married? Arrant nonsense? What do you think?
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