The other day Family First and Bob McCoskrie made claims that if we allowed ‘gay marriage’ then the next thing that would be lobbied for would be polygamy and polyamorous relationships.
They claim this is the slippery slope, despite the slippery slope not existing anywhere in the world.
The MP behind a law change to legalise gay marriage has slammed the “dishonest” argument by opponents that her bill will pave the way to polygamous relationships.
Labour Party MP Louisa Wall said she was frustrated by the more extreme arguments against her bill, which had prompted her to release research showing that no country had legalised polygamous relationships after legalising gay marriage.
Ms Wall said the argument that allowing same-sex marriage would be a stepping stone to multiple partners was undermining an otherwise civilised and principled debate.
“Everyone has built an opposition based on a belief or a value … but for some to purposefully mislead not only the public, but to also scaremonger, is fundamentally dishonest,” she said.
It is fundamentally dishonest, because on this issue they are being fundamentally dishonest. The facts are plain. Ms Wall provided research to the Herald which showed that all of the 11 countries that have legalised gay marriage have outlawed polygamy.
None of the 50 countries that recognised polygamy under civil law formally recognised same-sex relationships.
Ms Wall said that in most cases, polygamy was legal in countries that repressed women, not socially progressive countries like New Zealand.
“You have countries where you can be whipped, fined, flogged, sent to jail for the rest of your life [for being in a gay relationship] so to say that marriage equality is a stepping stone to polygamy completely misrepresents the truth globally.”
Asked to respond to Ms Wall’s research, Mr McCoskrie said he acknowledged that no countries had legalised same-sex marriage then polygamy, but he felt it was “just a matter of time”.
So the only countries that allow polygamy or polyamorous relationships are in fact some of the most regressive societies in the world, where women are second class citizens.
Bob McCoskrie’s claims that this it is “just a matter of time” are spurious…and putting out press releases with 15 examples of one or two people clamouring for something is not evidence that it is or will happen here.
In any case what is wrong with polygamy…surely McCroskie should be embracing that…after it would make Bigger Families…perhaps that could be a sub-branch of his organisation….”Bigger Families First”