In the ongoing research as preparation for an upcoming book on polygamy I am attempting to ascertain into which category polygamy may be placed. Most people agree on the fact that it is none of the government's business how a couple or family decides to construct a household, as long as the decision is made by consenting adults. When children are brought into the picture the state must protect those that have no voice. Yet, it is not culture or religion that should guide the judgement of the state, but an honest and unbiased view if how the child or children are thriving. As long as there is no abuse and the children are nurtured the state should have no say in the way a family is formed.
If you have been following this blog for a while you will know that I believe there is no biblical demand to cease the practice of polygamy, and even if there were that does not mean the state should make it illegal, since other religions encourage the practice and the state should not interfere or show bias based on religion or culture as long as there is no harm to society. (Although there are those who claim society would come crashing down if polygamy were allowed, I do not see history supporting this view.)
I believe one day we will mature enough to allow actual freedom in the U.S. If this happens it will bring us to a question of the expediency of polygamy. We can only judge such a thing based on conditions at present. So, here are some points to ponder.
The institution of polygamy seems to be a safe and viable path if most of the adults work and there is a balance and equality within the group, but when the family begins to grow and children are born issues of time and finance begin to multiply.