Plural Marriage for Our Times: A Reinvented Option?

Plural Marriage for Our Times: A Reinvented Option?

Plural Marriage for Our Times: A Reinvented Option?

Plural Marriage for Our Times: A Reinvented Option?


This thoroughly revised second edition offers a child-centered, international perspective as it urges America to de-stigmatize alternate family forms.

• Includes an extensive bibliography


We, the authors of this book, although having pursued different careers, were brought together because of our mutual interests in family structures, marriages and finding some way, if possible, of alleviating the consequences of divorce, especially for children.

We met on the phone in the fall of 2010, when Page was assigned to write an article for a monthly parenting magazine in Massachusetts, Bay State Parent, about changing family structures. When Page conducted a Google search for experts on polygamy, also called plural marriage, Kilbride’s name popped up. So he called his office and left a message.

Two days later, Page called back and interviewed Kilbride; many of his comments were included in the article, published in the February 2011 edition of the magazine. That led to a follow up conversation between Kilbride and Page about the former’s publisher, Praeger, having an interest in updating the first edition of this book, which was released in 1994; hence, this book.

In the nearly 20 years since that first book a lot has changed. Some states recognize same-gender marriage. Gays and lesbians are adopting children or giving birth. And polygamists appear to be borrowing from the playbook of gays and lesbians, coming out of the closet with television shows and books, saying, basically, “We’re here. Come and get us.” Polygamy or plural marriage includes polygyny (one man married to more than one woman at the same time) and polyandry (one woman married to more than one man at the same time).

We attempt to show these many changes, explain the benefits and pitfalls of monogamous and plural marriage, and provide some insight into the legal and theological issues facing plural marriage today. We are cognizant that many readers will find this a highly controversial topic.

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