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07/21/2011

Video: Matt Barber's right -- polygamy's biblical history does predate gay marriage. So stop blaming us!

by Jeremy Hooper

Around 3:12 in the below video, Matt Barber says this:

"there's actually a stronger historical and biblical case to be made for polygamy than there is for same-sex marriage"

And while the Liberty Counsel personality intends this to be condemnatory of gay equality and its supposed "slippery slope," I actually welcome his words. Because what Matt is really doing here is making our side's case -- the one that says (a) any and every proposed reconsideration of marriage law will be judged on its merits; and (b) if any kind of slope is any degree of slippery then it's not because of same-sex marriage, but rather the existence of marriage itself! MAtt is helping us connect those dots, showing that polygamy's possibility predates anything having to do with the civil same-sex marriage conversation.

Matt also highlights the fact that polygamy has Biblical roots. So again: Matt is bearing us out on the "slippery slope" thing. If there is a slick slope in terms of polygamy, then the Bible is a very big reason why that hill is damp! If folks like Matt want to use that same Bible to deny *CIVIL* marriage to gays, then they are going to have to deal with any theoretical poly activists who use a religious book to support their own claims! The religious right made that (very full) bed, not us!

Alright, I'm done for now. Go watch as much or little of this video as you want:

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