This is quite the interesting article this morning.
I find myself in agreement with Ottawa law professor Daphne Gilbert who says the monogamous aspects of formal same-sex relationships are "actually in keeping with our view on marriage" while polygamy is not.
"First of all, [polygamy] is not a one-on-one partnership. Secondly, the dynamics of polygamous relationships in Bountiful certainly involved serious harms around the age of the women getting married, whether or not they are truly consenting to the marriage, the extent to which parental involvement is a coercive part of those marriages, and the patriarchy of how those marriages operate."
And even if a lawyer could prove that a ban on polygamous marriage is a violation of the Charter, the government is entitled to defend the ban on the basis of greater societal good, Prof. Gilbert said.
One more aspect I'd like to add: gays and lesbians come to their sexual orientation like heterosexuals - we don't choose to be gay. The only marriage partners we should choose, if being honest and authentic, are members of our own gender. There is nothing natural about the desire to have multiple marriage partners. Polygamists are not born that way! They truly choose that lifestyle.
When one gives it some rational thought, one realizes the comparisons between same-sex marriage and polygamy are truly weak.