Gay Weddings Pave the Way for Polygamy, Warns Former Archbishop

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Byline: Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent

SAME-SEX marriage reforms will create a 'radical and disturbing upheaval' that could open the door for the law to recognise polygamy, a former Archbishop of Canterbury claimed yesterday.

The Government's gay weddings Bill is likely to lead to 'unintended consequences' - such as having multiple partners or even weddings between two sisters, argued Lord Carey.

The 77-year-old churchman argued in a paper published by the Civitas think-tank: 'Once we let go of the exclusivity of a one-man one-woman relationship with procreation linking the generations, then why stop there? 'If it is about love and commitment, then it is entirely logical to extend marriage to two sisters bringing up children together.

'If it is merely about love and commitment, then there is nothing illogical about multiple relationships, such as two women and one man.' Lord Carey, who was succeeded by Rowan Williams at Lambeth Palace in 2002, has been one of the most prominent opponents of gay weddings since David Cameron first announced his Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in 2011.

He said it overturns the historic understanding of marriage as a platform for a man and a woman to raise children that has lasted since the dawn of Christianity. …