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What exactly do you mean by polygamyPolygamy as referred to on this site is meant in its popular usage where one husband has more than one wife at the same time This is technically known as polygyny but you would have to be really keen to know that On this site Polygamy does not refer to polyandry where one wife has more than one husband at once That is a practice which has never been prevalent in human societies and which major world religions condemn It is also a practice that the site administrator feels personally unable to support But surely polygamy is illegalAh yes well spotted It is illegal if you are the sort of pedantic person who insists on registering all their marriages in the standard legally-binding sort of way However if youve decided to be a polygamist and put Multiple Marriage into practice then youre hardly the sort of person to let social conventions about registering marriages get in the way You can have a perfectly pleasant and happy marriage without the tedious requirement for bits of parchment And you can have a better marriage than provided for by modern states because signing up to their view of marriage means signing up to their view of divorce Proper Polygamists dont see such a big need for divorce If you want to start a new marriage thats fine but you shouldnt have to wreck an existing marriage to do it In fact to be absolutely accurate it is bigamy which is often illegal Bigamy is the criminal offence of registering a second marriage when a first marriage is still recognised Polygamy can be practiced without breaking the law simply by registering no more than one of the marriages Where bigamy is illegal polygamy can often be lawfully practiced But
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