I debated a young man recently who is a celebrity in conservative religious circles. He is Ryan T. Anderson of the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation.
I found that in his book, Anderson misrepresented data about children raised by gay couples. Another gimick he uses in all his presentations is to make gay marriage sound frightening by claiming it leads to polygamy.
This claim gay marriage will lead to polygamy is absurd. Polygamy is something entirely different and will happen, or not happen, depending on the legal and cultural variables. It was common during Biblical times, perhaps because many men were killed in wars, but is not accepted in Western Society today.
What makes the cause-and-effect relationship of gay marriage leading to polygamy even more ridiculous is actual experience. In the country of Kenya, gay relationships of any kind are a crime. Certainly gay marriage is not under consideration.
But, the country just passed a law making polygamy legal. One could conclude, therefore, preventing gay marriage leads to polygamy, allowing it does not.
Sponsors of the bill to allow polygamy say the practice has been part of Kenya’s customs for centuries and for that reason should be considered legal. Proponents of polygamy are like those opposed to gay marriage in the U. S, they favor “traditional marriage”.
Africa is a growth area for the Christian faith. Fans of “traditional marriage” are found among Christians everywhere.
I just wish they would get together and decide what it is.