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One of the most important articles why marriage is a human rights issue was written by Jonathan Turley, describing the legal arguments for the legalization of polygamy. Turley is a law professor at George Washington University and lead counsel for Kody Brown and his family in their lawsuit against the prohibition of polygamy in Utah.

The main argument, summing up why marriage is a human rights issue and why governments should not regulate the forms of marriage in the strict and narrowly defined ways they mostly do: “There is no spectrum of private consensual relations – there is just a right of privacy that protects all people so long as they do not harm others. “1

In this one, simple sentence that you also find in my Theses on polygamy and monogamy, and there particularly in Thesis 1, the basic principle is explained why it is wrong if goverments in countries that base their constitution on the concept of the rights of the indvidual allow their citizens only a narrowly defined range of possibilities of family life.

In my opinion the article One Big, Happy Polygamous Family is an all-time classic and highly worth reading, because it is a kind of short seminar in the application of fundamental principles of human rights to the question of marriage.


Notice: This article is translated and some contents might have been added or left out to better meet the needs of an international audience from an original article on one of my german websites or (engl:Polygamy is good for you). How i do my translations. Last updated: January 27, 2013 at 7:06 am © Viktor Leberecht All rights reserved. Please feel free to share my content on Social-Sharing-Services. What do you think? Leave a comment here. For your convenience you may either use the integrated comment system of wordpress in the first comment field, or if you prefer you may post with your Google+ account in the second comment field. You may also send me a question through the contact form or the FAQ.


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  1. cited according to One Big, Happy Polygamous Family, byJonathan Turley, New York Times, Published July 20, 2011
 31/12/2012, Last updated: January 27, 2013 at 7:06 am  Human rights Tagged with: Human rights, Marriage, Polygamy  Add comments

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