World Net Daily Raises Specter of Polygamy Following Same-Sex Marriage (Again!)
The ultra-conservative and anti-gay website World Net Daily (WND) has once again claimed that the legalization of same-sex marriage will create support for polygamy.
In the website’s latest article about polygamy, WND says that after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2010 it "would not be illogical to expect that support for polygamy soon would follow." To prove their point, the website conducted a poll with Wenzel Strategies, a public-opinion research and media consulting company, to find out how many Americans actually "support" polygamy.
"A full 22 percent of the respondents say there is no legal justification for denying polygamy, based on the fact that legislation and judicial decisions have affirmed the validity of same-sex ’marriage’ for homosexuals," the article says. It goes on to say that 18. 7 percent were uncertain and 18 percent said, "there was no moral justification for denying polygamy."
"When the concept of polygamy was introduced to the respondent, one in five Americans said they saw it as either a preferred lifestyle or an equally acceptable lifestyle," said Fritz Wenzel in his analysis of the results.
"About this same percentage said they saw no legal or moral justification for prohibiting the practice. While there was significant objection to this practice on moral grounds by conservatives, about one in five respondents across the philosophical spectrum said that, given legal rulings paving the way for gay marriage, they could not object to similar legal findings on polygamy."