Polygyny and Democracy

In my reading for the latest Sunday in Outer Blogness, I came across an interesting article about the differences between gay marriage and polygamy. It’s interesting because of the stuff the author gets right: Here’s the problem with it: when a high-status man takes two wives (and one man taking many wives, or polygyny, is […]

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Sunday in Outer Blogness: Polygamapalooza Edition!

Wow!! The anonymous-yet-official mysterious oracle of the CoJC0L-dS has just officially admitted that Joseph Smith married multiple women, including teenagers and other men’s wives! And other interesting stuff about Mormon polygamy! This is big news because bringing up any of these fact (true and well-established as they are) has traditionally been enough to get you […]

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Sunday in Outer Blogness: Response edition

The big news this week is that Kate Kelly has appealed her excommunication. In her appeal, Kate wrote: I am, and have always been, a faithful Mormon. My only “sin” elucidated by you has been speaking my mind and pushing for gender equality in the Church. Far from being wrong, I believe I am following […]

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Why not legalize polygamy, too?

One of the common arguments against same-sex marriage is that if you legalize it, you’ll have to eventually legalize polygamy.  This SLT columnist who has been writing on polygamy for two decades asks, “Why not?” Often when people think about polygamy, they think about polygyny:  one man marrying multiple women.  We think of the Mormon […]

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