|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:50|
Will the push for¬†same-sex marriage end up with a push for legal polygamy?¬†¬†
We covered that issue in our latest Journal (posted last week)... mentioning¬†that the polyamorous community were¬†supporting multiple partner 'marriage' and that¬†various Muslim groups want legal polygamy.
Article from our Journal:¬†Marriage - and Polygamy¬†¬†
We also mentioned that Michael Kirby, in speaking to the recent¬†Senate Inquiry, was asked about multiple partner 'marriage'. He said, "The question that is before the parliament at the moment is the question of equality for homosexual people. There may be, in some future time, some other question. The lesson in courts and in the parliament, I suggest, is that you take matters step by step."¬†[Transcript - see page 13]
Yes - step by step... that's the slippery slope!
Shane Neumann, a Labor MP who opposes same-sex 'marriage, rejected this claim about the legalisation of polygamy, saying, "from those more fundamentalist extremists from a religious point of view, there have been some ridiculous claims in relation to polygamy et al. This is simply nonsense."¬†
But is it?
Malcolm Turnbull responded, rejecting the criticism about 'slippery slopes'....¬†He said,¬†"First he (Andrew)¬†says that if you recognised gay unions with the title of marriage you open the door to polygamy. This is the weakest and worst sort of argument used against any change and known as the "slippery slope" argument - if first you make one change then a whole series of other changes will follow. As any lawyers reading this blog will know, judges treat arguments like this with the contempt they deserve. There is no demand, no lobby, no support, no constituency for legalising polygamy under the Marriage Act."
Andrew¬†Bolt responded again, highlighting¬†how the slippery slope works in areas such as abortion and euthanasia and outlining various calls for¬†polygamy in Australia.¬†
Today, Andrew Bolt¬†adds more evidence. . .
He also mentions that the¬†leadership of the¬†Australian¬†Young Greens¬†recently¬†called for¬†a public debate on polyamorous 'marriage'!
Andrew concludes "There is a slippery slope, Malcolm. And you're standing on the top of it."
Read Andrew's blog - click here.