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Just MarriedSame-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage$
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Stephen Macedo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166483

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166483.001.0001

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The Challenge of Polygamy

The Challenge of Polygamy

(p.145) Chapter 7 The Challenge of Polygamy
Just Married

Stephen Macedo

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the different forms of plural marriage and provides some historical background and context, focusing on the long-running conflict around polygamy in the Mormon Church in North America. It asks whether we can justify prohibiting or denying recognition to polygamous marriages, whether we ought to drop restrictions based on numbers and focus on the quality of people's relationships, and on what grounds nonrecognition and discouragement of polygamy can be justified. It also considers the so-called “polyamory” and argues that same-sex marriage and polygamy have little in common, aside from being deviations from “traditional” monogamy. Finally, it explores plural marriage as a doctrinal tenet of the Mormons and the 1947 Supreme Court case Reynolds v. United States.

Keywords:   plural marriage, polygamy, polygamous marriage, polyamory, same-sex marriage, monogamy, Mormons, Reynolds v. United States

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