The inclusion of others? Polygamy and Australian law

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Abstract

Australia’s recent legal changes allowing for same-sex marriage will not
mean the end of public discussions around the appropriate scope of
marriage recognition. There are strong indications that polygamous
marriage will become an increasingly prominent issue in Australia over the
coming years. This article seeks to provide these developing discussions
about polygamy with a solid grounding in the current law and the relevant
policy issues. It sets out how plural relationships are dealt with under
marriage law, de facto law and relationship registration schemes. It also
offers an overview of the key policy concerns that characterise the
burgeoning discussions about polygamy in comparable Western countries.
Given the contentious nature of polygamy as a topic, this article proposes
four guidelines around which consensus can be built and which can be used
to clarify the boundaries of productive discussions about the potential for
polygamy in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-293
Number of pages31
JournalAustralian Journal of Family Law
Volume32
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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