Polygamy’s closer to home than we think
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 2:00AM EST
Part Two of The Current
Mail: polygamy, mammograms and access to running water on reserves
The key difference between polygamy and the successive families enabled by divorce is timing. Polygamy leads to multiple wives and children simultaneously. Divorce leads to multiple wives and children sequentially. The economic problem in both cases is multiple dependencies and the need for support at the same time.
Polygamy: Yesterday, the B.C. Supreme Court upheld Canada's laws banning polygamy. In a 355-page decision, Chief Justice Robert Bauman acknowledged an infringement law on rights guaranteed by the charter but he said they were reasonable. He made it clear that it may not be used to criminalize child brides - who he said should be exempt from prosecution.
There are plenty of people today cheering the ruling, which stems from a case centred on a breakaway sect of the Mormon Church in Bountiful, B.C. But others argue that polygamy in Canada has - unjustly - been given a bad name. They say there are thousands of Canadians in polygamous or polyamorous relationships that are perfectly healthy ... that do not involve coercion, or abuse or trafficking of child brides.
Last November on The Current, we heard from a polyamorous family in Montreal ... Kimberly Ann Joyce, her two partners, Warren Baird and John Bashinski - and their then 3-year-old daughter, Kaia who is now 4.
John Bashinski also happens to be secretary of the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association - one of the interveners in the B.C. Supreme Court polygamy case. He joined us from Montreal this morning.
Good radio interview with JBash.