Legalization of gay marriage opens
the door to other marriage relationships—in particular, acceptance of polygamy.
At the time of
writing, polygamy exists in the province of British Columbia and it is not
pursued by the police. This is partly because to do so would provoke a
challenge under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Approval of one
alternate form of marriage reduces the defence against others.
practised in Old Testament times, but this and other readings indicate that it
was not very satisfactory, recall Hannah and Peninah, 1 Samuel 1:1–7. Both of
Jacob’s wives were unhappy, Leah because she was not loved and Rachel because
she was barren. While tolerated in the Old Testament, it was illicit by New
Testament times when Jesus repeated the creation ideal of one man and one
woman, Matthew 19:4–6.
Polygamy may not
yet be a serious issue, but adultery is rampant and repeats all the problems of
polygamy—humiliation, jealousy and possible abandonment. The problem,
unfortunately, is not restricted to the married partners. It has its effect on
Ishmael copied the scorn of his mother, Gen. 16:3–4; 21:8–9, and rival children
from David’s wives turned to violence and murder. Similarly, children in
adulterous homes often suffer lifelong trauma, and may develop habits of their
adulterous parents in adult life.
The greatest security we can give children is a home
that is secure in its parental relationships—where two parents of opposite sex love and
respect each other.