Legalizing plural marriage : the next frontier in family law

Goldfeder, Mark, author
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  • Creator Mark Goldfeder
  • Format Books
  • Publication Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, [2017]
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 257 pages ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781611688344, 1611688345, 9781611688351, 1611688353, 9781611688368, 1611688361
  • OCLC ocn905419542


  • "Polygamous marriages are currently recognized in nearly fifty countries worldwide. Although polygamy is technically illegal in the United States, it is practiced by members of some religious communities and a growing number of other "poly" groups. In the radically changing and increasingly multicultural world in which we live, the time has come to define polygamous marriage and address its legal feasibilities. Although Mark Goldfeder does not argue the right or wrong of plural marriage, he maintains that polygamy is the next step--after same-sex marriage--in the development of U.S. family law. Providing a road map to show how such legalization could be handled, he explores the legislative and administrative arguments which demonstrate that plural marriage is not as farfetched--or as far off--as we might think. Goldfeder argues not only that polygamy is in keeping with the legislative values and freedoms of the United States, but also that it would not be difficult to manage or administrate within our current legal system. His legal analysis is enriched throughout with examples of plural marriage in diverse cultural and historical contexts." -- Publisher's website.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-238) and index.


  • What is marriage? Privileging function over form -- Unbundling marriage -- The realities of monogamy and the push for plural marriage -- Children of plural marriages : a first empirical look -- Legalizing plural marriage -- Plural marriage, revisited