By Democracy Rules
h/t Small Dead Animals
Well things are getting rather 'alternativey' around the marriage scene lately. Ever since the legal and moral integrity of marriage began to crumble in the West, polygamy became inevitable. Marriage has become less and less well defined.
Common-law marriage, open marriage, group marriage, polyamoury (having sex with whomever is handy), homosexual marriage, 'sex friends' and serial monogamy have combined to irrevocably dissipate the meaning of marriage. It is no longer clear to me what the concept means.
Many Chinese in Hong Kong figured out long ago that although polygamy was forbidden by the British government, it was relatively easy to take 'Number two wife' and 'Number three wife' etc., as 'girlfriends'. Adultery is essentially legal in Hong Kong.
Now Britain has caved in on the home front as well. "Husbands with multiple wives have been given the go-ahead to claim extra welfare benefits ... even though bigamy is a crime in Britain, the decision by ministers means that polygamous marriages can now be recognised formally by the state, so long as the weddings took place in countries where the arrangement is legal." -- Sunday Telegraph
This seems to mean that anyone in Britain can travel abroad with several people, to a country that permits polygamy. Then they can all marry each other according to the prevailing customs of that country. When they return to Britain they will have a polygamous marriage contract that has some legal validity.