Gay Marriage Trifles with the Lock on Pandora’s Box in Canada
In the first case to test polygamy laws in this country, two polygamist leaders in Canada have been put on trial for their marital practices. One of the men is charge with committing polygamy with 20 women, the other, only two.
According to lawyers in the case, two previous legal decisions have said that polygamy charges might be thrown out under a Charter of Rights challenge, leaving the door wide open for new marriage practices.
“It’s pretty hard to justify why gay marriage is OK and polygamy’s not…”
says Canadian lawyer Blair Suffredine. It was only a few years ago that enlightened social liberals in Canada scoffed at the notion that legalizing same-sex “marriage” would open the door for polygamy.
Naysayers claim that Canada has no reason to allow polygamy because it is not “enlightened”, but rather a throwback to ancient times and primitive cultures that consider women and children property.
So, now instead of having solid moral code as a boundary for what is and isn’t acceptable in our culture, we have wiffly waffly public opinion. The lawyers say times are new, “…the standards have changed”, and so they have.
The lawyer, Blair Suffredine, says gays can marry in Canada, so why can’t a man have more than one wife. The lawyer says standards have changed.
He’s representing 52-year-old Winson Blackmore, leader of a polygamous group in Bountiful, in southeastern British Columbia.
He appeared in court briefly yesterday in Creston and the case was continued to Feb. 18.
Another man from a rival polygamous group in Bountiful, James Oler, also appeared in court, charged with marrying two women.