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Argument: In tolerant societies why single out and criminalize polygamy?

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  1. Martha Bailey, Chief author of a 2006 Queen's University study calling for the legalization of polygamy in Canada told The Canadian Press, "In light of the fact that we have a fairly permissive society, why are we singling out that particular form of behaviour for criminalization?,"[1] Jonathan Turley. "Polygamy laws expose our own hypocrisy". USAToday. 10/3/2004 - "I personally detest polygamy. Yet if we yield to our impulse and single out one hated minority, the First Amendment becomes little more than hype and we become little more than hypocrites. For my part, I would rather have a neighbor with different spouses than a country with different standards for its citizens. I know I can educate my three sons about the importance of monogamy, but hypocrisy can leave a more lasting impression."
  2. There are many "life styles" in a modern democracy that are seen by many as detestable, such as hard-core pornography, but that are nevertheless legal and tolerated. In a tolerant society, shouldn't polygamy also be tolerated?


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