Massachusetts City Opts to Recognize Polyamorous Relationships

Last month the Somerville, Massachusetts City Council voted unanimously to amend its Domestic Partnership ordinance to recognize polyamorous relationships — relationships consisting of more than just two people.

The city council member who proposed the changes to the ordinances told the rest of the council, “government shouldn’t be defining what a family is, and in fact has done a poor job of it in the past,” according to minutes from June 25 the meeting.

You may recall that the push to legalize same-sex marriage began similarly in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the early 2000s, with same-sex couples receiving varying degrees of recognition through domestic partnership measures.

We have written repeatedly about how same-sex marriage blazes a trail for polygamy and how polygamists are using the same playbook that homosexual activists used 20 years ago.

There are plenty of problems with polygamy, but one of the chief problems is that it hurts children.

Time and time again we’ve seen that the best place for a child is in a stable home with a married mother and father, and that children raised in any other type of home fare worse than those raised by a mom and a dad.

Unfortunately, the needs of children don’t appear to be driving public policy in Somerville, Massachusets.

Polygamists Still Riding the Coattails of LGBT Activists

Polygamists are still riding the coattails of the same-sex marriage movement.

In an article re-published by The Daily Signal, John Murawski writes,

Activists [for polygamy] are moving to dismantle the legal and social barriers, and say their goals are beginning to take shape.

They are laying the groundwork to have their cause become the next domino to fall in a long line of civil rights victories secured by trans people, gays, lesbians, women, and blacks.

Murawski cites several articles from professional journals and news sources regarding the inroads polygamists have made in society over the past decade.

We have written about this issue for several years, now.

Polygamists know that redefining marriage has helped them.

Same-sex marriage’s fundamental argument is that a person should be able to marry whoever they want. If that’s true, polygamists argue, then a person also should be able to marry as many people as they want.

Back in 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state marriage laws nationwide, Chief Justice John Roberts made this point when he wrote his dissenting opinion, saying,

“One immediate question invited by the majority’s position [regarding same-sex marriage] is whether States may retain the definition of marriage as a union of two people. . . . 

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.”

We’ve said all along that redefining marriage would have all kinds of consequences. Advancement of polygamy is just one of them.