What comes after the Legalization of Gay Marriage? Polyamory apparently

Many conservative commentators have been saying that, if/when same-sex marriage is legalized and accepted by society, other gravely immoral relationships will be approved and legalized next. Now gay marriage is not only legal in the U.S., it is emphatically approved and supported by the culture. And already the leading edge of U.S. culture is looking for its next milestone: approval for polyamorous relationships. Here are a couple of news/opinion article that typify this new push:

I was in a committed relationship with two people-and then I got pregnant
Polyamorous Relationships Are About More Than Just Couples

The culture is already pressing forward with approval and celebration of a continuous sexual relationship between three (or more) persons. This arrangement is being presented as the new normal, a new type of family, and as if it were entirely moral. Of course, a disordered view of love and personal fulfillment are the basis for this approval.

Sinful secular society has decided that Biblical teaching and Church teaching should not have any role in guiding the lives of any human persons. They even object when Catholics decide to believe and live by Catholic teaching. The culture is a totalitarian force that seeks to subjugate every human person to its beliefs and practices. True religion is a grave threat to the power that modern culture seeks over all of society.

I don’t see any limits to this process of continually seeking new grave sins to approve and promote. Eventually, society will decide that marriage is not limited to any two persons, but can include multiple persons. Children will unfortunately be raised in households with more than two parents, whose “sleeping arrangements” will quickly become clear to even the younger children. And who knows what will come next, after the approval of polyamorous marriages.

Why should we Catholic faithful care what unbelievers do with their lives? First of all, we have concern for the path of salvation of all human persons. And these grave sexual sins and grave offenses against marriage cause harm even if they are committed with invincible ignorance (which cannot be assumed to apply in all cases). They also cause grave harm to society by making it ever more difficult for individuals to find moral truth, so as to live a life of true love and happiness.

Finally, as one grave sin after another is approved by society, the culture becomes more and more hostile toward Christianity and Catholicism. For every grave sin is incompatible with the love of God and neighbor. Persecution of those who disagree with the latest pseudo-dogmatic cultural mandate is already on the increase. Soon it will be socially acceptable, even among political conservatives, to express anger and outrage that the Roman Catholic Church continues to teach against the grave sins accepted and legalized by secular society.

“And you will be hated by all nations for the sake of my name.” (Mt 24:9).

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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One Response to What comes after the Legalization of Gay Marriage? Polyamory apparently

  1. John Platts says:

    In the Reynolds v. United States case, the United States Supreme Court had already decided that laws prohibiting polygamy are constitutional, that the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution does not prevent the prohibition of polygamy, that religious duty is not a defense to violating laws prohibiting polygamy, and the prohibition of polygamy in circumstances where one’s religious beliefs require one to enter into a polygamous union is constitutional.

    Even though there might be an attempt to get polygamy legalized nationwide through a United States Supreme Court case, the United States Supreme Court might actually uphold prohibitions on polygamy for several reasons. First, the 14th Amendment had already been ratified and was already in effect at the time that the United States v. Reynolds case was decided by the United States Supreme Court. Second, polygamy is currently illegal in every state and territory of the United States, and it has not yet been legalized anywhere in the United States. Third, the United States Supreme Court specifically restricted the definition of marriage to “two-person union[s]” in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, even though it also broadened the definition of marriage to include legally recognized unions between two persons of the same gender. Fourth, Congress and the states can prevent the legalization of polygamy from occurring through a United States Supreme Court decision by amending the United States Constitution before any attempt to legalize polygamy reaches the United States Supreme Court. Finally, the United States Supreme Court might uphold prohibitions on polygamy based on prior legal precedent, including the Reynolds v. United States decision.

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