I'd err on the side of freedom. As long as my neighbors living arrangements are no drain on my pocketbook, why should I care? The only drain there possibly COULD be would be our increasing reliance on socialized government programs and interference in free markets like health care.
you Ms. Grundy types never friggin' learn.
Freedom? Forcing a handout because you don't otherwise qualify is not freedom. How about giving veterans' benefits to people who've never served? or seniors' benefits to the middle aged? or welfare benefits to the wealthy? Would you not think it "discriminatory and exclusive" to omit the "unqualified"?
As any qualification for a specific benefit must be based upon preset absolutes - marriage must also be defined with absolutes for couples to enjoy those benefits. Those not qualifying must remain unmarried.
Or should we move the standard so those qualify instead of requiring those to meet standards? If we do the former, where do we leave the qualifying line?
Is that freedom's definition? the ability to move the standards of qualification?
You know, I thought like you when I was younger, but now I see this plural marriage thing as a political movement by the side that would have socialism and redistribution of wealtn. This cuts right to your pocketbook, so you should be wary. Sometimes what two people alone do in private makes so little difference that it can be ignorred. But when a whole country takes up the same activities, it will have a negative effect on the society, in many ways. The political is what I mentioned to keep the discussion out of the morals area, but a moral ethical society is also part of what holds us together or tears us appart if we don't keep it.
This movement to homosesual marriage, now includes transvestite activities, transgender if you will, and will soon be joined by pedophilia as it has been with polygamy. Anyone who does not see where this is headed is not really for freedom in the sense of nationalism, he is for libertine (anything goes) freedom and the country will not sustanin this kind of freedom.