For them to attain marriage equality with the rest of us, people who identify as bisexual, must immediately be allowed to practise “different sex bigamy”. The governments of the world (if indeed they still be plural) must all immediately allow each self-identified “bisexual” person to marry two spouses, one a husband, the other a wife.
If the state must allow different sex bigamy for self-identified bisexual people, they may not deny it to anybody. Nor may they deny others same sex bigamy, if that is what they want.
In the USA, all this is apparently attainable without any legislation. The Supreme Court can simply rule that different sex bigamy is a Constitutional right, by correctly interpreting the US Constitution. Apparently all that is needed is for a self-identified “bisexual” would-be bigamist to bring a well-crafted test case, at which my own simple argument set out in the previous paragraphs could be advanced.
Can anybody fault the logic of my legal argument for the right to different sex bigamy, using a counter-argument that does not equally refute the right to same sex marriage, which in the present climate would amount to a reductio ad absurdam refutation of his purported counter-argument?
No? Then please remember in years to come, who was the first to demand the right to different sex bigamy. I suspect that it shall have been I.
My idea today is surely an idea whose time shall come. Isn’t it?
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No, Mr Allman, you’ve got it wrong – a not unusual occurrence. A heterosexual man may be sexually attracted to any number of other people, all of them women, but he can marry only one of them. A homosexual man may be sexually attracted to any number of other people, all of them men, but he can marry only one of them. A bisexual man may be sexually attracted to any number of other people, some of them women and some of them men, but he can marry only one of them. Mutatis mutandis, the same applies to heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual women.
In short, every adult has the same equal right in this matter: to marry one other consenting adult. If monogamy is the law, then that’s how it works. Thus the pseudo-problem created by your attempted “reductio ad absurdam [sic]” fades away. I hope this helps.
Every adult had the same equal right to marry a member of the opposite sex in the past. If marriage is defined as between a man and a woman, that is how it works. My “pseudo-problem” is no different from the pseudo-problem that the introduction of same-sex marriage purports to solve.
The assumption that there should only be two people in a marriage is just as arbitrary and oppressive as the assumption that the two people should be of the opposite sex. The SCOTUS can declare that assumption to be unconstitutional with exactly the same ease as that with which it declared the former assumption to be unconstitutional.
Here’s just one reason why it won’t:
I agree with you and the Huffington Post writer that SCOTUS won’t be in any hurry to declare that a blanket ban on polygamy and polyandry in general has always been unconstitutional, and would have been recognised as such much earlier in history, if only people in earlier generations with outmoded, narrow, set-in-their-ways prejudices had stopped to think things through rationally like we can today, and granted marriage equality to all sexual orientations. However, I don’t see why you seem to believe that making that correct observation is a valid argument against my extremely modest proposal of merely granting the equal marriage right to both a husband and a wife to those who identify as bisexual, if that is what they need in order to feel that their legally recognised sexual orientation is accorded the marriage equality that heterosexual and homosexual people take for granted, to which bisexual people are just as entitled as heterosexual and homosexual people. Why should you continue to impose your superstitions on bisexual people like this?
Then go ahead with your campaign. At least it will occupy your time by giving you something useless to do. I wish you Godspeed, and I shall watch your progress with as little interest as most other people will.
I think it’s absolutely marvellous, the phenomenal number of people who are supporting you in this. Are all three of them bisexual themselves, do you know?
I was able to declare victory on my previous petition with only one signature.