With the European Elections coming up in 2014, you might like to find out how a political party or individual candidate stands on the issue of polyamory. Here are some suggestions for questions you might want to ask them. Please feel free to discuss them and make suggestions for changes or additions in the comments section.
Why ask these questions?
Asking such questions is a tradition in my home country of Germany, where lobbying institutions draw up lists of such questions and send them to the parties. The answers are then published on the websites of these institutions and are available for their members and the public.
There is no lobbying institution yet for polyamory and certainly not one on a Europe wide scale. But I think it´s time we make ourselves heard, instead of hiding.
That is why I drew up this list. I have already used these questions last year in the German elections and received answers from several of the big parties. So I decided to publish this list again, this time for the European elections. I translated the questions into English and I am providing them here to Polyamorists all over Europe.
Please feel free to use them. Though there is a copyright on the text below, I hereby explicitly give permission to use these questions: copy them, translate them, or even change them and then publish them wherever you wish. In case you do this, please be so kind as to provide a link to this orginal text.
You may also simply send the link to this article to a political party or candidate and ask them to reply here in the comments section.
Polyamory Question 1
Do you think that multiple relationships such as polyamory, which are openly practiced, are compatible with democratic societies like those in the European Union, which are based on the principles of human rights?
Polyamory Question 2
In what ways could you support openly practiced multiple relationships, such as polyamory, seeing it as a valuable contribution to our society? Support, for example, could be shown by opposing the discrimination of multiple relationships.
Polyamory Question 3
Do you support giving multiple relations legal equality with other forms of relationships / family forms? If yes, please explain how you are doing this.
Polyamory Question 4
What kind of legal framework could you provide for people who want to give their multiple relationship a legal status? This could be, for example, private contracts between the people involved, or forms of union regulated by the state as they can now be found in several European countries for samesex partnerships, or even marriage.
Polyamory Question 5
Do you support giving people who wish their multiple relationship to have the status of a marriage the chance to do so by legalising the many forms of polygamy, i.e. polyandry, polygyny, group marriage (explained on page “Forms of polygamy”, which also explains why they need to be legalised)? Do you support making it possible to have a plural marriage and to give it the same legal status of all other recognized forms of marriage ?
Suggestions for further reading, especially why polyamory and polygamy are compatible with democracy and why evidence based policy would legalize polygamy can be found in the lists below this article.
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 Viktor-Leberecht.de or Polygamie-ist-gut-fuer-sie.de (engl:Polygamy is good for you). How i do my translations. Last updated: March 10, 2014 at 16:46 pm © 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.