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Hot Topics: Marriage Equality Does it Cover Polygamy?

  • Feb 19, 2014 · 4:00 PM

If the Equal Protection clause of the constitution guarantees the right of same sex couples to marry, does it also guarantee the right of individuals to choose to marry a spouse who is already married to someone else? The Utah Supreme Court recently struck down a state law that the government used to prosecute polygamous cohabitation (think: Sister Wives). Although the court let stand the ban on polygamous marriages, those who oppose marriage equality see this decision as evidence that that the marriage equality movement is the slippery slope to permitting polygamous marriages. Others say, “Bring it on.” It’s all part of freedom of choice. We’ll discuss this debate and consider AAUW’s public policy stance on the issue.

Polygamy: the state of marriage with more and one spouse.

Polygyny: man with multiple wives

Polyandry: woman with multiple husbands

Polyamory: persons with more than one intimate relationship at a time with the consent of all involved

Some readings: “Legalize Polygamy!

Full Marriage Equality

“Polygamy and Marriage Free-fall”


February 19th from 4-6 pm

YMCA Lakewood, 9715 Lakewood Dr SW

[masked] (there is a Black Bear Espresso on the premises)






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