Originally Posted by Piobaire
Why did they specifically mention it so many times? You lawyers are so fucking confounding to us regular people. I mean, if I delineate something with a number, I mean the number to be defining.
Because tactically and politically, they'll like to argue that gay marriage and polygamy are close variants and different than heterosexual marriage, rather evaluating the 3 concepts individually. From my experience, the reason why most lawyers and ordinary people who oppose gay marriage bring up polygamy rather than argue against gay marriage is to force the argument that polygamy = gay marriage =/= heterosexual marriage, and then use that analytical framework to argue slippery slope.
I see no reason why gay marriage and polygamy both need to be linked and settled identically the same time. They're separate issues. Debate and argue them separately.