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Transcript of Polygamy
Paris: African/Muslim Culture
India: Muslim and Hindu
Should Polygamy be legal?
Paris: African/Muslim Culture
Believe in polygamy as well- but specifically for men
immigrant customs infringing on laws of the new land
amount of polygamist families and its affect on government health care, subsidies, and education
Effects on women and children
Use of identity theft
Definition: The state or practice of being married to more than one person at the same time
The church of Latter Day Saints believes that if one if to engage in plural marriage- they will live a life closer to God and prosper in heaven
plural marriage is a way to spread the faith
"After quietly tolerating the Muslim male right of having up to four wives, the Government has said France will recognize only one spouse and consider the other marriages annulled"
Hindu are more polygamous than Muslims
Legal for Muslim men to have more than one wife- illegal for non-Muslim men
1954 Hindu Marriage Act
"Marry woman of your choice in twos' three' or fours' but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly, (with them), then only one'" [Al-Qur'an 4:3]
Absolute Value Analysis
People are engaging in polygamist relationships regardless of the laws against it and the repercussions it causes not only on the country itself but on the women and children of the families.
The majority of women and children of the polygamist families are negatively affected by this lifestyle.
The government is affected by the sheer amount of people in this community.
Legalize in the US?
1st Amendment rights
Freedom of Religion
Relieves stress for women
Both parties feel less confined
Children receive more adult attention
Children are able to develop social skills faster with the amount of children
Creates a community of reliability
Ban polygamy in the US
Only one civil law marriage is permitted in the US
Mental and Physical Health
Higher birth defects and mental retardation
Children are neglected
Held in the community against their will
Legalize in the United States
Ban it completely in the United States
Limit the number of wives
Men are only allowed to marry wives born in the US
Required guidelines and counseling
Choose and Prioritize
Most important stakeholders: Women
Most important value: Mental Health
Most important action: Ban polygamy
Ban all forms of polygamy/plural marriage in the United States completely
Course of Action: Have the federal government pass a law banning polygamy and any other form of plural marriage in order to ensure the well being of woman and children put into these relationships.