I received another suggestion for the “The New and Improved Ass Kicking Thursday Afternoon Afternoon Inquisition”. As you may recall, these are questions you all send in when you have something important you’d like the readers to discuss, or when you can tell that I’m totally out of good ideas. (Use the comments or contact page to suggest more.)
Today’sÂ topic comes from Skepchick reader, here_fishy, who tells us:
In British Columbia right now, there is a debateon about whether or not polygamy should be legalized. As someone who supports gay marriage, I feel conflicted and confused about this issue. On the one hand, polyandrous families most often involve one man with several women, they most often enter into this arrangement because of religious beliefs, and they often involve the exploitation of women and young girls. On the other hand, the current law basically states that it is illegal to enter into any “marriage-like arrangement” with more than one person, which smacks of the government getting overly involved in the personal lives of the public, which is exactly what I oppose about the limitations on gay marriage. Current laws exist that can prosecute child abuse and statutory rape, and fundamentalist Mormons are certainly not alone among religions in degrading women… so I’m curious about what Skepchick readers think about this issue?
Is polyandry something that should be allowed (considering that polyandrous relationships are not necessarily religious, and the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation), or should polyandry remain illegal because it often involves the abuse and/or denigration of women?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET. And the New and Improved Ass Kicking Thursday Afternoon Afternoon Inquisition is something Sam made up. Look for it to appear when Sam is out of ideas, sick, or just too drunk to even blink.