Over the past two decades, there’s been a trend globally in developed nations legalizing same-sex marriage and/or unions.
Italy is one example where they recently introduced civil partnerships (also called civil unions) as a form of legal protection for gay couples. As a result, gay couples in Italy enjoy nearly all the same legal protections as married couples.
When gay marriage was being debated here in America, we’d often hear a slippery slope argument — that if gay marriage were legalized, something crazy like polygamy could be next. Thankfully, we haven’t seen such a push here. However, in Italy, the Muslim population is now making a set of demands of their own.
Breitbart reports: Following the introduction of civil partnerships, Muslim representatives in Italy are now demanding the legalization of polygamy.
Responding to a new law allowing same sex couples to enter civil unions, Hamza Piccardo argued that if gay relationships, which Muslims disagree with, are a civil right then Italians must accept polygamy as a civil right too.The founder of the Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations (UCOII) in Italy took to Facebook to claim polygamy is a “civil right” and that Italy would benefit from the large number of Muslim births it would promote. The UCOII president wrote: “When it comes to civil rights here, then polygamy is a civil right. Muslims do not agree with homosexual partnerships, and yet they have to accept a system that allows it. There is no reason why Italy should not accept polygamous marriages of consenting persons.”
The call for polygamy, from Italy’s largest Muslim umbrella group, was met with outrage by a number of politicians. Debora Serracchiani, deputy chairman of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) said: “Centuries of fighting for women’s rights can not simply be brushed aside.”
“Polygamy has nothing to do with civil rights,” she added.
The problem with polygamy, among many other issues, is that marriage is a zero sum game. Five wives for one man means four less for everyone else. Muslim groups in Italy are arguing that polygamy would boost the nation’s population, thus helping boost the nations economy, apparently unaware that women are able to reproduce in non-polygamous relationships.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]