The issue here as karrie pointed out is polygamy, not child marriages or forced marriages. We already have laws regarding those issues. So let's not confuse what we are talking about.
Consenting adults who chose of their own free will to enter a polygamous or polyandrous relationship should have that right. This type of relationship is preferable, more just and honest than married men and women who have longterm affairs on the side. If everyone involved is cool with what's going on, then its no one else's business and certainly not the state's.
In some religions multiple wives are the norm if you can afford it. I would argue that a women is far better off in a loving caring polygamous relationship with a wealthy man she loves than in a abusive love/hate relationship with an unemployed deadbeat husband. Not all men deserve a women in their life.
I saw an interview, where not only was the first wife cool with her husband taking a second and third wife, she helped him pick out the third wife. Wife #1 and 3 work. Wife #2 loves children and stays at home. She takes care of all the children and runs the house. Its very efficient. The family is very wealthy and successful. Everyone seems happy. Why should the state interfere?
Polyandry is less common, but it also exists. Its possible it might work out in specific situations. Fraternal polyandry is a practical solution to the problem of inheritance and over-population in some areas of Tibet. The sons share the same wife and share the family plot generation after generation. Without polyandry, the family plot would become divided to the point where it could no longer sustain a family. Again everyone seems happy and it creates a stable family environment. So why mess with a system which has kept the peace for countless generations.
People who try to impose their morality on others are a pain in the ass. Why don't you mind your own business and stop trying to make other people miserable, because you have a problem with what makes them happy.
Last edited by earth_as_one; Jan 8th, 2009 at 02:26 AM..