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In the following essay I will discuss the issues surrounding polygamy Polygamy is the marriageunity of a single man to multiple wives Once the concept of polygamy is understood one may question its legitimacy and legality The Canadian charter of rights and freedom raise this question in section 293 which states a person that is married to more than one spouse will conclude in imprisonment Subsequent to explaining the legal issues surrounding Polygamy I will analyze the arguments brought forth by The British Columbia Closing Argument BCCLA as well as The Womens Legal Education and Action Fund The West Coast LEAF In Addition I will analyze and apply the three philosophers John Stuart Mill Ronald Dworkin and Lord Patrick Devlin in order to better understand the law and morality of this significant issue raised in Canada called polygamyJohn Stuart Mill created and implemented the harm principle as a measure of precaution for an individual who is being harmed by another party Furthermore Mill also disagrees with the thought of social tyranny believing that the state should only interfere in an individuals personal life in order to prevent any form of harm to another individual not only physical In addition Mill further finds fault with social tyranny in that this school of thought uses ones personal preferences and judgment as a basis for social or legal policy rather than that of a governing body In contrast to Mills philosophy regarding Social Tyranny Lord Devlin proposes another perspective which concludes that the state should interfere in all situations pertaining to an individuals private life Devlin dictates that regardless of ones moral observation of a situation there should be a legal evaluation in place to avoid ambiguity as well as potential conflict In essence creating a standard by which conflicts may be resolved in a valid and reliable manor avoiding the intervention of personal judgment The consequence of implementing such a system would
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