Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of British Columbia started reviewing the case of the current illegality of polygamy (legal marriage between multiple spouses) in BC. An array of "interested parties", including the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) are appearing and producing their own briefs for the court, who is regarding the dual question of whether the law against polygamy is in opposition of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms, and if so, who exactly it harms and in what manner. It's a question that many of us who question both the current examples of polygamy and the ideals of polyamorous marriages are challenged to consider.
Ms Magazine recently posted in their blog:
"While it’s established that polygamy can be a source of oppression for women, to over-simplify the practice and construe it as necessarily generating abuse seems unproductive. Instead, by attending to the nuances of experience and relying on women’s voices themselves–the Canadian hearing is including a range of dissonant testimonies–we might be more successful in both rooting out the causes of harm and raising tolerance for alternative lifestyles."
You can read more about the beginning of the court's consideration at the Globe and Mail article.