This article explores the issue, citing Colby College philosophy professor Cheshire Calhoun, high profile GWU law professor Jonathan Turley, and Georgia State University professor (African-American Studies) Patricia Dixon as advocates of legalizing the practice and suggesting that there are 30,000 to 80,000 polygamous families in the U.S. right now.
While advocates of gay marriage deny that their position leads inexorably to polygamy, its remarkable (or perhaps not) how similar the rhetoric is:
Decriminalization of polygamy would bring shared health benefits and other legal privileges of marriage, they say, but the bigger issue is recognition.
"People assume they have the right to look down on us or treat us badly because in a lot of peoples opinions, were just bad," Poppa says.
"Were consenting, nobody was forced," Momma says. "What I want is to be accepted as a wife. I want to be accepted as a family. I dont want to be looked down upon."
There is, of course, one difference: at least some polygamists argue that their position is biblical.