Book reviews by me. Email me at alan at gmail dot com. June 30, Jessica Bennett talks back to Roberts regarding her Newsweek poly article, and other developments. She wrote the famous and much-quoted Newsweek online feature six years ago about poly shaping up as America's next big development in relationships. John Roberts cited my article in his dissent on marriage equality.
He missed the point. So it was almost comical to see my work used against [the gay marriage] cause last week by the Supreme Court of the United States.
The Next Sexual Revolution? This was not an article about the LGBT community at all. Rather, it was about a group, polyamorists, from whom gay rights activists have long attempted to distance themselves specifically to avoid the kind of association Roberts drew.
I had spent time shadowing a polyamorous family in my hometown, Seattle This particular family was a triad: They lived in a lakeside community full of good Seattle liberals and lots of money; they had three dogs and a vegetable garden and they often took walks along the water, hand in hand in hand. They were looking to break the shackles of the institution altogether. It had occurred to me that the case for polyamory on the pages of a national magazine might ruffle Polyamory married and hookup cast 2018 it was low-hanging fruit for conservatives who would argue, like Roberts, that polyamory was another milestone on the slippery slope toward… social breakdown, chaos, sexual deviance, you name it.
But as part of the argument against one of the most significant rulings of the last 50 years?
Next to a New York Post citation?! It was hilarious — but only because it was on the losing side of a close vote. There may well be relevant differences that compel different legal analysis.
But if there are, petitioners have not pointed to any. Amid the personal story of her and her partner's journey into poly is this perspective: Here's how libertarianism has led me and my partner into polyamory, and why America will have to grapple with this issue next.
The first authority I came to see as illegitimate was government, shortly after discovering Ron Paul in Soon after, I started to question my religion — Christianity.
How much of it had been made up, twisted, and contrived — in collusion with the government — to support the powers that be? Along with the fear of God, I cast off any respect for parental authority I once had.
Since the punitive, authoritarian man in the clouds was no longer real to me, who was to say children should obey their parents? I educated myself about peaceful parenting and became determined to treat my daughter as a free, autonomous person with inalienable rights, not as my property.
Gay Marriage Deepens Romantic Inequality Government incentives for marriage — gay or straight — discriminate against single and polyamorous individuals. Instead of putting unmarried individuals on equal footing with married people, the government has chosen to appease the masses by blessing another category of monogamous couples with the privileges of marriage—those of the same sex. This is discrimination, plain and simple. It discriminates against single people who have no formal romantic relationships and a growing number of people who identify as polyamorous, who maintain multiple romantic relationships at once.
The government has no business incentivizing any type of romantic or non-romantic behavior. It has no business rewarding us or penalizing us based on our relationship status. In her spare time, she blogs about their new journey into polyamory at polyamorydiaries. She misquotes Deborah Anapol's Polyamory in the 21st Century to the effect that poly is all horse manure all the time, rather than a string of disappointments for some too-eager newbies who can't make it work.
LoveWins for gay couples, but for polygamy activists, the fight continues June 30, Dissenting Justices Alito Polyamory married and hookup cast 2018 Scalia asked similar poly-affirming questions during oral Polyamory married and hookup cast 2018 in the case. In my next post: A couple days ago a reporter from US News a decades-old, well-respected mainstream news magazine wrote and asked for poly spokespeople who would be good to talk to about the Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling.
I suggested Diana Adams and Robyn Trask, and they're among the people he quotes in his article this morning, below. Missing from the article is his long conversation with Ricci Levy of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.
She described at length why marriage rights are the wrong way to approach poly family rights. Many rights that currently accrue to marriage should accrue to any individuals, she argued, and individuals should be able to design their own families of choice by their own contracts.
Not a word of that got used. Poly marriage is what the media are obsessing about right now. In my opinion, multi-marriage would be a poor paradigm for poly rights even if it were legally available.
But that's another story to come. Right now we have no choice but to ride the tiger, and try to steer it. Other polyamorous advocates expect lawsuits seeking marriage rights. But they were far more interested in Chief Justice John Roberts' dissent than the majority opinion that made same-sex marriage the law of the land.
The couple — a husband and his wife — are polyamorous, and had just moved in with their girlfriend. And in Roberts' dissent, they saw a path that could make three-way relationships like theirs legal, too. The chief justice wrote that polygamy has deeper roots in history and that the decision allowing gays to marry "would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.
Roberts' analysis wasn't unique. The suggestion previously was made by judges on the U. Some advocates believe Roberts' dissent will prove as useful to the polyamorous movement as dissents written by Justice Antonin Scalia in gay rights cases were to the same-sex marriage movement. Texas, a case, and in 's U. Windsor, Scalia warned his peers were laying the groundwork for universal recognition of same-sex marriage, which other federal judges pointed to in their decisions knocking down state bans on gay marriage.
She personally is interested in helping extend co-parenting arrangements for three or more people to benefit same-sex couples who cannot reproduce with each other, and she says Polyamory married and hookup cast 2018 cases could ultimately break ground for polyamorous families. In a survey, Loving More asked more than 4, polyamorous people and found 66 percent were open to plural marriage, with 20 percent unsure.
There are many practical reasons to marry, Trask says, including immigration and medical decision-making rights. She has personal experience with both, marrying a Japanese partner in the late s so he could remain Polyamory married and hookup cast 2018 the U.