[anonymous]7y Poly marriage?9

I think laws forbidding cousin marriage are unfair and should be the next target of civil rights activism. Incest laws in general makes no sense except as a eugenics measure. Either we dump these laws or we judge all eugenic measures that rise above it in the cost-benefit metric as acceptable. Else we are just picking and tormenting loving couples because of some historic baggage.

And where is the transhumanist spirit? Technology lets a brother and a sister have as healthy a baby as anyone else's.

Edit: Added the eugenic argument, I originally didn't think... (Read more)(Click to expand thread. ⌘F to Expand All)Cmd/Ctrl F to expand all comments on this post

I think laws forbidding cousin marriage are unfair and should be the next target of civil rights activism.

I've seen it argued somewhere that the acceptability of cousin marriage in society also relates significantly to the presence of corruption/nepotism/tribal thinking in that society.

Incest laws in general makes no sense except as a eugenics measure.

Besides eugenics issues, I'd guess that because of pre-existing power dynamics incest probably has much more of a potential to be psychologically unhealthy than most non-incestuous sexual relationship... (Read more)(Click to expand thread. ⌘F to Expand All)Cmd/Ctrl F to expand all comments on this post

1[anonymous]7y Did you edit in “except as a eugenics measure” after gwern's comment?
6gwern7y I believe I've previously pointed out inbreeding depression [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inbreeding_depression] to you; from Jensen [http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.138.980&rep=rep1&type=pdf] 1969: No doubt one could dig up more recent results with a suitable search [http://scholar.google.com/scholar?as_ylo=1%2F1%2F&as_yhi=&q=%28IQ+OR+intelligence%29+%28%22inbreeding+depression%22+OR+%22cousin+marriage%22%29&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C33] ").

Poly marriage?

by h-H 7y6th Jun 20121 min read128 comments

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A thought occurred to me today as I skimmed an article in a rationality forum where the subject of gay marriage cropped up; seeing as the issue has been hotly contested in various public fora and especially the courts, what about poly? After all, many if not all the arguments for gay marriage apply to poly marriage as well.

Questions for LWers who are currently in a such a relationship, or have an opinion to share:

Do polies want to marry each other or do such relationships not lend themselves to permanence above a threshold of partners? Should polies campaign for the right for a civil union anyway? what are the up and down sides of this? etc