“…The Attorney-General’s office says the government is not considering amending the laws, or in any way recognizing polygamous marriage.
This is from an old article on Voice of America news:
Polygamy unofficially exists in traditional Aboriginal communities in Australia’s Northern Territory – and that these relationships are recognized when the government grants welfare benefits.”
… in the United Kingdom … the British government said it would grant welfare benefits to all spouses in a polygamous marriage, if the marriages had taken place in countries where the polygamy is legal.
Australian social security law recognises that multiple partners are assessed exactly the same as any other person, with no additional payments for having multiple partners
While bigamy is a criminal offence (under section 94 of the Marriage Act 1961), it is not an offence to have multiple simultaneous de facto relationships. (Wikipedia)
Monogamy… is not “natural.” That is, hardly any species practice it, except for birds (and, reportedly, cockroaches)… only about 5% of the 4,000 or so mammal species on earth hang around with just one mate. (These include wolves, beavers, naked mole rats and meerkats.)
… of 1,231 societies from around the world noted, 186 were monogamous; 453 had occasional polygyny; 588 had more frequent polygyny; and 4 had polyandry.
In fact, most of Africa is polygamous including the King of Swaziland and President of South Africa. The Muslims practice polygamy as do the Aborigines.
So… if the majority of societies allow polygamy; there is no sanction for multiple ‘partnerships’; our own government pays welfare benefits to polygamous partners and recognises polygamous marriages from other countries …WTF?
Values are changing very rapidly: not long ago Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for sodomy, now he could be Queen. Eve and Eve can marry and have children of their own. If you are a Somali refugee with three wives, all four of you could receive welfare payments and if you are a woman with five children by different fathers, you will also be supported by the State if you are too busy breeding to work…
Bigamy is such a yesterday issue … the only problem is …politics. We recently saw the song and dance over gay marriages.
It may be common sense but it may be politically impossible: one imagines that only One Nation would be thick enough to take on this potential hot potato; especially with the glitter surrounding gobshite rabble-rousers like Milo Yiannopoulos whose party tricks include turning petticoats into straitjackets or vice versa.
So? What’s your point, you say. It is not actually that bigamy is an obsolete crime, like buggery.
My point is that the law is obsolete and needs changing but can’t because the political process is obsolete and too slow and doesn’t work!
We need a political Elon Musk who is talking about tours to Mars and travel from Sydney to London in under an hour. Someone who can use technology to create a political system that excludes blather, insult and delay and quickly brings about simple laws that regulate our society.
5 thoughts on “Why is Bigamy still a crime?”
Two major arguments against polygamy are ; stereo nagging. More seriously the ratio of male/female births is pretty much 50/50 where it is not artificially interfered with (As in China) Polygamy therefore creates a major imbalance and shortage of woman for marriage as some men will have many and others will have none. In days gone by this was easily solved by roaring over the hill to the neighbouring tribe and coming back with booty in the form of women and cattle – or if you had the funds going down to the slave market for the Saturday morning deals on concubines. As these options are scarcely available except in the woolliest of 3rd world areas, one is left with a large amount of men being unable to have female partner and the major social tensions this is going to cause (The polygamist sects in USA are notorious for dumping their teenage boys on the nearest freeway to solve the problem – nice people hey) Of course the burgeoning trend towards homosexuality may relieve some of the symptoms except that there is a corresponding increase in lesbian relationships so back to square one.
I often wondered about the Israelites’ and when and how they moved from polygamy to monogomy. Apparently caused by the Babylonian captivity when there were not enough women for polygamy for the reasons already enumerated. Let’s face it once the Jewish Mama’s found out they were the sole controllers they were highly unlikely to return to the old status quo
Having said the above I think that the biggest objection to polygamy must surely be that it reduces the status of women to being something considerably less then human and more in the line of chattels or kine. Not good. Having said all that always enjoyed watching the TV series Big Love and the travails of Bill trying to handle 3 wives – he had a hard time.
Probably the most important point you made is that the adversarial system of party politics is way past it’s sell by date . Given the ability of instant communications we should be able to do away with Parliaments as such and have some system of Govt where “the People” are able to input their desires for governance – Brexit and Donald Trump are the two biggest symptoms of the populace being sick and tired of “politicians” How about Silly Socks exploring this theme further – it requires a lot of uffish thought.
I find your article requires too much energy for a response as we head into the Christmas season. For example what if a man has five partners and each of those partners have five partners of their own (some of the same sex) – how does Centrelink distribute the support?
Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in you own urine?
big amy should be le gal