posted on Mar, 27 2013 @ 06:17 PM
reply to post by Swing80s
The op has asked a question as to why marriage between multiple consenting adults be legal in the USA.
There are 2 reason for such, and these have been around for a while.
The first goes back to the 1878 case, Reynolds V. United States, where it was debated and first challenged in court and then determined by the Supreme
Court of the United States of America, that such was not allowable by the laws of the USA, nor was it covered by the Constitution of the USA.
In that case the Court determined that all of the bigamy laws were very much with in the frame work, and that the religion was not a valid excuse for
The other being the laws against bigamy which forbid for a person to marry more than one person, have been on the books for a long time.
The challenges to allow for such, would not be as it is with gay marriage, rather it would be to first remove the laws that criminalize it in the
first place, then to move towards acceptance. All 50 states have laws that forbid bigamy currently on the books, so it would be a daunting challenge.
There is your answer as to why it is one and not the other, cause gay marriage has not been through the courts and poligamy has been.