A year ago, I wrote that the next logical step from the acceptance and legalization of same-sex marriage would be the acceptance and legalization of polygamy and group marriage. Most states still do not recognize same-sex marriage. For those states that just passed legalized same-sex marriage, the ink hasn’t even had a chance to dry when a feminist professor started advocating for the legalization of polygamy.
Janet Bennion is a professor of anthropology and sociology at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. Bennion is also the author of a book titled Polygamy in Primetime: Media, Gender and Politics in Mormon Fundamentalism. She has spent the past twenty years studying polygamy, mostly among fringe groups of Mormons and the Apostolic United Brethren and even spent time among them to learn more about polygamy.
In a recent interview, Bennion said:
“The groups vary, and some women find that working with other women in the home is beneficial to them. One woman described her co-wives as ‘second mothers’ [who do the childcare], so she can go find a job in the community. They have this economical and social network that provides a little bit more freedom than you might see in a monogamous pair bond.”
Bennion also revealed that she found a number of women in the same marriage to also have lesbian tendencies towards each other. During her research, she received love letters from polygamist women and one of them invited her to dinner to check out for potentially becoming part of their marriage.
Even though Bennion says she is very happily married to one man, she is all for the legalization of polygamy. Following in the socio-political footsteps of gay activists, she says that anyone that is against polygamy is a bigot. In her interview, she expressed it this way:
“We need to just step back, get off our high horse, and look at this from a civil liberties perspective. If we’re going to pave the way for alternative sexuality, why not provide liberties for those who choose the polygamy form? As a feminist, I say, ‘Bring it on; let’s legalize it.’”
As I warned a year ago, once you open the door to one form of sexual permissiveness, you open the door for them all. First same-sex, now polygamy and group marriage, what will be next? Pedophilia? Beastiality? Where will the line be drawn? Or will there be no line at all?
Welcome to the United States of Sodom and Gomorrah!