Six years after three dissenting Supreme Court justices warned that the legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of polyamory, a Harvard Law School publication this month argued for precisely that.
Harvard Law Today, a publication of Harvard Law School, posted an article on its website on August 3 highlighting alumni and current students fighting for the legalization of polyamory, a relationship involving three or more consenting partners.
“I feel very, very strongly about it,” said Natasha Aggarwal, a Harvard graduate and a corporate lawyer who advocates for the legal recognition of polyamorous relationships.
“People have been fired from work because their boss discovered they were polyamorous,” she added. “It’s a problem for health insurance, for living arrangements such as leases and deeds.”
Another Harvard graduate, Alexander Chen, “is working with students to offer legal protections for people in polyamorous relationships,” the article said.
Aggarwal acknowledged polyamory has many critics but responded, “From my perspective, it just means there is more love in the world, that your heart is so big you are capable of loving multiple people in the same capacity at the same time.”
When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, Chief Justice John Roberts famously warned that the majority’s legal reasoning could lead to the legalization of polyamory. Roberts is a Harvard alumnus. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas joined Roberts’ dissent.
The majority opinion, Roberts argued, offered “no reason at all why the two-person element of the core definition of marriage may be preserved while the man-woman element may not.”
“Indeed, from the standpoint of history and tradition, a leap from opposite-sex marriage to same-sex marriage is much greater than one from a two-person union to plural unions, which have deep roots in some cultures around the world,” Roberts wrote. “If the majority is willing to take the big leap, it is hard to see how it can say no to the shorter one.
“It is striking,” Roberts wrote, “how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.”
Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said on his podcast Thursday that Roberts “was certainly right.”
Jesus “made clear in the Gospel of Matthew that God's plan from the beginning was one man and one woman,” Mohler said.
The Harvard article, Mohler added, is an example of “what happens when you start a subversive revolution in morality.”
“It's easier to start than to stop. There is no stop, which is again why there is a plus sign at the end of LGBTQ+,” Mohler said on The Briefing. “... The very people who said it's irresponsible to warn of this, are the people saying now, ‘Well, what a good thing. It's coming at last.’”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.