Charles Krauthammer had some poly-friendly things to say about gay activists who want to avoid talking about polyamory lest the “slippery slope” argument lead moderates to conflate gay marriage and poly unions and marrying a goat.
After all, if traditional marriage is defined as the union of (1) two people of (2) opposite gender, and if, as advocates of gay marriage insist, the gender requirement is nothing but prejudice, exclusion and an arbitrary denial of one’s autonomous choices in love, then the first requirement — the number restriction (two and only two) — is a similarly arbitrary, discriminatory and indefensible denial of individual choice.
Posit a union of, say, three gay women all deeply devoted to each other. On what grounds would gay activists dismiss their union as mere activity rather than authentic love and self-expression? On what grounds do they insist upon the traditional, arbitrary and exclusionary number of two?
Call me agnostic. But don’t tell me that we can make one radical change in the one-man, one-woman rule and not be open to the claim of others that their reformation be given equal respect.
— Charles Krauthammer, “Pandora and Polygamy“, March 17, 2006 Washington Post
p.s.: my original subject line involved ‘WaPoOpEd’ until I saw what it looked like…