Polygamy ruling a complex issue

Polygamous marriages has become a hot talking point in Vanderhoof as in so many communities across country and province.

Polygamous marriages has become a hot talking point in Vanderhoof as in so many communities across country and province. It may well end up being overruled by the Supreme Court of Canada some way down the line.

Polygamy is often associated with Mormon groups, a very few of whom adhere to the practice although the Church of Latter Day Saints officially rejected Polygamy over 100 years ago.

But the growth of multi-ethnic societies has also made it something of a live issue. In our “western” cultures monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is still regarded as the norm and is vigorously defended.  Many have felt greatly threatened by changes in law and practice relating to a general liberalization – in relation to gay and lesbian relationships for example.

Polygamy, albeit rare, is feared as a further undermining of that institution of marriage that is seen as a bedrock of family, community and national life. This editorial is not a suitable place to address the complex specifics of the issue of polygamy and we have heard much of the evidence on either side. What this case highlights, however, is the ethical minefield created across all “western” societies following the collapse of a once universally accepted understanding of traditional Christian morality. Even the churches themselves are divided on these issues. On what basis can lines be drawn? How far can the tentacles of the law justifiably stretch into the realms of personal relationships?

Many will have breathed a sigh of relief at news of the last week’s decision. However, it serves only to remind us of the huge complexities and dilemmas we face. The ways in which individuals choose to conduct their personal relationships is increasingly complex . Family lives have rarely been so complex. Where does the law stop?  Pierre Trudeau was perhaps wise in saying “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” The deeper question is profound. On what basis do our modern post Christian societies decide on what is right and what is wrong? The debate will no doubt continue in Vanderhoof and across the country.

 

Just Posted

District of Vanderhoof contracts YMCA for aquatic centre

Announcement brings mixed reaction from community

Community and collaboration drive Binche Fishing Derby

Family time, forward thinking and positive initiatives to be highlighted

Nechako Valley Exhibition holding regional talent competition

Solo vocalists and instrumentalists wanted

Audit finds Canfor did not comply with bridge maintenance legislation

Per a news release issued by the Forest Practices board, an independent… Continue reading

Variety BC’s annual Radiothon returns to Vanderhoof

Variety BC is incredibly happy to announce that this year’s Prince George-Vanderhoof… Continue reading

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

B.C. NHL prospect expected to make ‘full recovery’ after an incident in Calgary

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a reported house fire Saturday night

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

Privacy lawyer warns against victim blaming in recent sextortion scams

Perpetrators get sexual photos of the victim and threaten to share them with friends and families

QB Jennings leads Lions to 22-10 win over Alouettes

B.C. wins CFL home opener over Montreal

Most Read