I can see Justin getting behind this… British Muslim pushes for polygamy after same-sex marriage

The United Kingdom has a large Muslim population – 5.4 percent, according to the Office of National Statistics, or about 3 million people.

Although polygamy is permitted under sharia law, most Muslim men do not have two, three or four wives. In fact, according to “The Salafi Feminist”, a Canadian blogger, average Muslims view second wives “as little more than secret mistresses, home-wreckers, and simply selfish”.

However, the growing influence of Islam in the UK combined with a redefinition to allow homosexuals to marry makes a push for legal polygamy more likely. In a recent article in The Conversation, a Muslim lawyer argue that this is a cause that feminists should champion.

Zainab Naqvi,  a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham, pointed out that the traditional definition of marriage in English law as “the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others” is no longer valid.

  • Dana Garcia

    Totally predictable. History of full of multi-wifing for one thing.

  • AmicusC

    if you allow the gays to there is no reason to not allow this.

    • It’s done.

      • john700

        And don’t forget about legalizing paedophilia.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Next will come marriage to goats.

    • infedel

      and children…sharia

  • Achmed

    As any scholar will tell you:
    One wife is not enough a man,
    With two wives they will always be fighting,
    Three wives and two will gang up on the prettiest one, but
    Four wives is the perfect number.

    Five or more wives and the welfare authorities usually catch on.

    • V10_Rob

      Islamic polygamy was explained to me thus (by a muslim female professor): “The Koran allows you to have 4 wives, but you must love each of them equally.” The catch is that such even-handedness is impossible, so therefore multiple wives are off the table.

      Just anecdotal. I’m not a Koranic legal scholar, can’t say if this interpretation carries any weight.

  • Millie_Woods

    Thank you queers, liberals and supreme court!

  • passerby1969

    Although it was not argued this way in Canada, gay marriage should be allowed because of legal equality between men and women. The state has no business telling someone their partner is lesser/unacceptable due to his/her sex. Unfortunately, it was argued as an accommodation for an exceptional group. This latter argument does make headway for polygamous marriage. Polygamous marriage lessens equality between the sexes, i.e., one man is equal to 2, 3, or 4 women.

    • Clausewitz

      I have no problem with a legal union with all of the rights and privileges that go with it. Marriage however is a religious sacrament, especially in the Catholic Church. Why is it that we are not allowed to take from other cultures yet it is perfectly fine for others to take from our culture. Just a question.

      • passerby1969

        Marriage in North America was never a strictly religious sacrament – perhaps because, in colonial times, there were not enough justices of the peace to civilly marry two people. In Holland, for example, people have always gone to the church and the state for two different ceremonies.

        Gay people have explained many times that marriage means bestowing a whole host of rights at one time. Civil unions, like common law, have too many legal holes in them.

  • canminuteman

    I read an article where a bunch of muslim women in Britain were interviewed and they agreed that it was better to be wife number two, three or four of a rich successful man than being the only wife of some poor schmuck. Muslim women are totally in board with polygamy.

  • bargogx1

    This goes against everything feminists claim to believe in, so of course they will be all for it because diversity and stuff.

  • xavier

    OK monogamy is nice longer valid. OK riddle me this imam why can’take women have 4 husbands?
    I really think it’s time to deploy good philosophical and ethical (non religious) arguements for monogamy

  • Minicapt

    There once was an old man of Lyme
    Who married three wives at a time,
    When asked, “Why a third?”
    He replied, “One’s absurd!
    And bigamy, sir, is a crime.


  • John

    Once you open the definition of marriage to something other than a one-man one-women union, you never know where it’ll stop. When gay marriage was being debated, the possibility that it could lead to the legalization of polygamy was ridiculed.