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Submitted by Viking Woman (Kuwait), May 5, 2008 at 10:15

For the record, I have no objections to polygamy if it is legal in the country you reside in and more importantly if all parties agree.

Oprah did a wonderful show on polygamy in the U.S. where it is not legal I might add, and I was very impressed with the maturity of those involved. All parties were in full agreement and there were no forced marriages, no teenagers involved, and no abuse. I feel it should not be legalized in the U.S. however, it should be de-criminalized. I might add that the men involved were very wealthy, educated, and seemed to be responsible.

My objection to polygamy is when the woman has no choice in the matter, and the husband merely announces that he is going to marry another--which is allowed in Islam. I think this is a recipe for disaster. There are many men who are economically not able to support ONE let alone 2 to 4 wives and several children.

As for the case in Texas, there was abuse stated and underaged children involved. I don't feel 14 year old girls are responsible or emotionally mature enough to married. As for these young girls being married off to old men---not acceptable at all.

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