The MP behind a law change to legalise gay marriage has slammed the “dishonest” argument by opponents that her bill will pave the way to polygamous relationships.
Labour Party MP Louisa Wall said she was frustrated by the more extreme arguments against her bill, which had prompted her to release research showing that no country had legalised polygamous relationships after legalising gay marriage.
The concern about creating a “slippery slope” to polygamy was raised at the first reading of the bill by National MP for Wairarapa John Hayes, and has been echoed by submitters to the select committee considering the legislation, in particular the lobby group Family First.
Family First founder Bob McCoskrie said he believed legalising polygamy was “on the long-term agenda”.
The most important point to make about this is that there’s a late-period Robert Heinlein sci-fi novel called Friday which (as Mr McCoskrie is no doubt aware) is about a sexy nymphomaniac bisexual female secret agent, and some of the action takes place in a futuristic New Zealand in which polygamy is legal, and large polygamous marriages are common-place. There’s also a space elevator in Kenya.