Janet M. LaRue

It turns out that some are more equal than others.

Another nationally-known homosexual activist, Michaelangelo Signorile, dismissed the prospect of legalized polygamy as a scare tactic and went on record against a “married” ménage-a-trois, which is the topic of my recent column. Even so, I’m guessing that Signorile and friends are applauding Wednesday’s ruling by a Canadian appeals court that a five-year-old boy has a legal right to two mommies and a daddy. If the ruling isn’t the Tour de Luge to polygamy, what is?

Wednesday night, Bill O’Reilly interviewed Signorile on the subject of “gay marriage.” O’Reilly says if homosexuals can marry, you can’t stop polygamy. Signorile essentially dismissed polygamy as a “ploy,” saying it “isn’t within the scheme of marriage.”

After watching and reading the transcript of the program, I think O’Reilly failed to stop Signorile’s centrifugal spin by failing to press for answers to some key questions:

1. You believe that homosexuals should be allowed to express their sexuality within marriage, right?

2. You claim to support full equality for bisexuals, right?

3. Then, why aren’t you supporting bisexuals’ right to express their sexuality within polygamous marriage?

4. How can you be consistent with your alleged support of equal rights for bisexuals and not support their right to marry both a man and a woman?

5. Why is it right for homosexuals to draw a moral line against polygamy, but it’s wrong for the rest of us to draw a moral line against “same-sex marriage”?

6. Did the Canadian court go too far in ruling that a boy can have two mommies and a daddy as legal parents?

7. So if the three Canadians were bisexuals, you wouldn’t support them if they wanted to get married?

8. Aren’t you the guy who said that homosexuals should seize marriage “not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution”?

9. So your “radical” alteration of marriage doesn’t triangulate for bisexuals?

10. So you really don’t support equal rights for bisexuals?

Here’s part of the O’Reilly Factor interview:

O’REILLY: As an American, I have the right to be married, then you have to then open it up to polygamists. They have a right to be married, too. They want to marry two or three people. Don’t you see? Because it’s equal protection.

SIGNORILE: Well, this polygamy thing is.

O’REILLY: They’ve already filed, by the way.

SIGNORILE: …thrown out every time, every time we hear it. And gay marriage did not open the door to polygamy. Polygamists have been trying to gain access for years and years and years.

O’REILLY: And they couldn’t.


Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.