If you do not believe that polygamy is in the best interest of society, then that is fine. The problem comes when that belief is imposed on others. Be satisfied and content with your own beliefs and allow others the same respect. .
Where in the world did you get the idea that I want to impose my beliefs on others? There is no greater advocate of our current legal system than me. I'm just trying to point out that it's possible (and I personally think probable) that legalizing polygamous marriage could have a detrimental impact on society.
Anything can harm the common good. Excess salt in restaurant food can harm people. Should it be outlawed? .
I know. That's why we have legislatures that theoretically weigh the plusses and minuses of legislation before passing it. We don't live in a vacuum, we live in a society. We can't unduly harm the society from which we benefit. We are rational (most of the time) creatures who must be capable of finding the balance between individual and community rights.
It is as simple as two consenting adults. If a prostitute passes on an incurable (or curable I suppose for that matter) disease to someone who passes it on to another person, then that is a completely separate issue. Their are countless things that can lead to disease. .
True. But the HIV infection rate among prostitutes in Baltimore was close to 100% when I was working there. If you are a public policy maker, how would you approach this public health issue, trying to minimize the spread of HIV? Crack down on two consenting adults having sex, or the industry of prostitution?
I can agree that laws are based on common-human desire as the Bible is also, but I do not believe that these laws should impose morality to the point where people are restricted when they are not causing direct-intentional and physical harm on others. If all laws are based on this, we are not a free nation. If all laws are based on morality, then we become a subjective nation. Can anything good come from this? I do not believe it can. It has not been so successful so far as it only causes frustration and that leads to division.
Democracy is not easy, I'm with you on that. But I think it's the best system out there. And total freedom is anarchy, like I said before. Most people in the US believe in some legal constraints on our behavior; we vary in how much regulation we want.
Exactly. If you drive 100 mph that is one issue that does not harm anyone.
I'm more apt to harm someone driving this fast. Anywhere, which is one reason we have speed limits. Are we too heavy-handed on speed limits? Maybe. I don't really see the need for speed limits in a lot of rural areas...
With prostitution or polygamy, the participants are aware of the consequences and are in control of protecting their own health (mental or biological). If it goes beyond that, it is a separate issue.
I know I come from a reasonably healthy/functional background and it sounds like you do too. But most women who engage in prostitution have serious mental health issues made worse almost always by substance abuse problems. They do not have as much control over their lives and you and I might. My belief is that something simliar occurs in institutionalized polygamous marriages. You definitely can disagree with this, it's just my belief.
And on that premise, I would be hesitant to try to legalize it. If I were sitting in congressional hearings and heard testimony from psychologists, or individuals in polygamous marriages, or other subject-matter experts, and they said that polygamous marriages as a rule are no worse and no more harmful than traditional marriage, I'd probably vote for the polygamous marriage. But until someone proves to me that there is no overriding harm to society, it's not something I personally support.
And, by the way, if it matters, I'm all for gay marriage and have been advocating for it for years. I just happen to see it as a natural extension of the traditional marital unit.