AN ARGUMENT FOR POLYAMOROUS MARRIAGE
P1. Society should permit people to marry whoever they want unless it is shown to cause harm to others
P2. Polyamorous marriage is not shown to cause harm to others
C. Therefore society should permit polyamorous marriage
This argument is also used for:
This argument is a form of John Stuart Mill’s “Harm Principle” in which individuals should be free to act however they wish unless their actions cause harm to somebody else.
The first premise assigns the burden of proof to the opponent of permitting any form of marriage however this is the sign of an immature society. However if we grant the first premise for the sake of argument, it is almost certainly not true that polyamorous marriage does not cause harm to others (however minimal), even though it may not always be easy to show especially in the short-term.
The following arguments propose harm caused by polyamorous marriage:
- Gender Imbalance
- Family Structure
- Children’s Rights
- Absurdity Argument
- Human Rights
- Religious Liberty
- Slippery Slope
- Public Discourse – Is There a Battle of the Sexes in “Consensual” Non-Monogamy?