Struc­ture must be pre­served

Guardian Express - - OPINION -

SARAH Brown (‘Slip­pery slope’, Oc­to­ber 3) has mis­un­der­stood.

Much as one may dis­agree with Mus­lims al­low­ing men to have four wives but not vice versa, they have ac­tu­ally pre­served more of the tra­di­tional struc­ture of mar­riage than is the case with same-sex unions.

One thing that has been agreed by all cul­tures since time im­memo­rial is that mar­riage in­volves male­fe­male bond.

If we can elim­i­nate some­thing so fun­da­men­tal – and yet still call the union a mar­riage – how much more can we elim­i­nate as­pects of mar­riage which, though vi­tal, are less fun­da­men­tal, such as the num­ber of part­ners per­mit­ted?

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