Now that the Supreme Court has legalized gay marriage nationwide, the liberal online publication Politico insists it’s time for “progressive” activists to set their sights on the next major civil rights cause: polygamous marriage.
Writing for the magazine, columnist Fredrik deBoer argues that conservatives were right when they talked about the “slippery slope” of legalizing same-sex marriages, and he says that’s a good thing.
“With the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling this Friday legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, social liberalism has achieved one of its central goals,” he wrote. “The question presents itself: Where does the next advance come?”
DeBoer acknowledges that defending polygamy won’t be easy, but he insists it’s the next logical step for “progressive” and liberal activists.
“The answer is going to make nearly everyone uncomfortable,” he writes. “Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals?”
The definition of “marriage” apparently needs an entire overhaul, according to deBoer.
Giving a hat tip to conservatives who saw this argument coming down the pike, he tried to use Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissenting opinion as an inspiration for polygamy advocates to follow in the footsteps of the gay marriage movement.
“This is not an abstract issue,” he argues. “In Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissenting opinion, he remarks, ‘It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.’”
DeBoer acknowledges that social acceptance of polygamy is nowhere near that of gay marriage, but nonetheless pushes for “normalizing” the idea in society.
“The marriage equality movement has been curiously hostile to polygamy, and for a particularly unsatisfying reason: short-term political need,” he wrote. “In 2005, a denial of the right to group marriage stemming from political pragmatism made at least some sense. In 2015, after this ruling, it no longer does.”
Apparently liberalism is based on pragmatism, not principle. Because the political winds look favorable, deBoer concludes that the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage has opened the door to the left’s next “equal rights” cause.
“Given that many of us have argued, to great effect, that deference to tradition is not a legitimate reason to restrict marriage rights to groups that want them, the next step seems clear,” he said. “It’s time to legalize polygamy.”
Let the slippery slope start sliding.