Argumentative Essay About Polygamy

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Polygamy, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as a “marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time”. Polygamy is described as a Godly or “celestial” marriage in some religions. The main religions that practice polygamous marriages are Muslim and Mormons. Although the Mormons rejected the idea of polygamy in 1890, there are still some sects of the Mormon church that believe it is the Holiest marriage (Jared). The biggest argument that follows polygamy is whether it is an abusive trap or not. Obviously, the intent of polygamy is not to go against universal values, such as sexual activities with minors or adultery, but there are groups of people who take the original idea of polygamous marriages and relationships and twist it into a sinister act. Polygamy, in its pure form, is a moral and valid type of marriage. The few who do abuse this type of marriage for odd and disturbing sexual habits would most likely continue to commit these acts whether or not they were polygamous.…show more content…
When gay marriage rights were a “hot topic”, the people on the opposing side believed that it challenged the original concept of what marriage was ‘supposed’ to be. "I think it's a matter of both biology and cultural values, and our western democratic societies' cultural values are most definitely [in favour of] one man and one woman, and polygamy threatens that just as same sex marriage threatened that. Polygamy threatens it on the monogamous level, same sex marriage threatened it on the biological level” (Hebbert). Due to the level of known abuse surrounding the Polygamist communities, most people think believe that if Polygamy was legalized that the government would be supporting this abuse and letting it happen. Not only are children in trouble in polygamous relationships, women can be too. Many women who are in Mormon sects are underage and forced to be
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