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'Polygamous Orientation' Study Amuses Pro-Polygamists

Date: Jun 18, 2004
Word Count: 500 words
Cross-Reference: "Polygamous Orientation" study,Romer v.Evans

A published study suggesting "polygamous orientation" humorously exposes homosexual hypocrisy on equal rights.

Old   Orchard   Beach,   Maine   ---   Pro-polygamy   activists   are   amused   by   a   recent   study   about   a   possible   genetic   implication   of   polygamy.     On   June   17th,   the   Associated   Press   (AP)   reported   that   a   neuroscientist   at   Emory   University,   Larry   Young,   had   published   a   study   in   the   current   issue   of   "Nature,"   pertaining   to   polygamy   and   monogamy.     The   study   involved   voles,   small   creatures   similar   to   rats. 
Young   noted   a   social   difference   between   one   species   of   vole   and   another.     Meadow   voles   pro-create   in   polygynous   pairings,   whereas   prairie   voles   tend   to   have   exclusively   monogamous   pairings.     The   observation   was   significant   because,   as   the   AP   reported,   "fewer   than   5   percent   of   mammals   are   monogamous." 
Young   analyzed   the   genetic   makeup   of   the   two   species.     He   discovered   that   the   polygamous   voles   do   not   have   certain   extra   biological   receptors   in   their   brains   which   the   monogamous   voles   do   have. 
Monogamous   voles   were   not   perceived   as   "mutants"   for   having   the   extra   receptors.     Yet   the   polygamous   voles   were   treated   as   though   they   were   somehow   "missing"   the   extra   receptors.    
Gene-therapy   was   applied   to   the   polygamous   voles.     They   were   injected   with   an   otherwise   harmless   virus   to   "install"   the   extra   receptors.     The   results   which   Young   reported   suggested   that   the   infected   injected   polygamous   voles   were   transformed   into   monogamists. 
The   AP   declared,   "The   research   helps   shed   light   on   monogamy   --   a   rare   social   behavior   --   and   hints   that   perhaps   specific   genes   could   play   a   role   in   human   relationships." 
Extrapolating   the   results   to   humans,   it   suggests   that   individuals   who   have   similar   extra   receptors   would   be   pre-disposed   toward   having,   as   the   AP   reported,   "sexual   preference   for   a   specific   partner."     Conversely,   it   suggests   that   individuals   who   are   "missing"   such   extra   receptors   may   be   genetically   pre-disposed   toward   a   "polygamous   orientation." 
That   amuses   pro-polygamy   activists. 
Mark   Henkel,   national   polygamy   advocate   and   founder   of   the   Christian   polygamy   organization,     (   ),   noted,   "Liberal   homosexual   advocates   have   long   tried   to   assert   the   genetic   'born-that-way'   argument   in   claiming   their   demand   for   equal   rights.     But   most   of   them   oppose   equal   rights   for   adult   polygamists." 
Henkel   chuckled,   "This   study   gives   pro-polygamists   a   humorous   way   to   expose   the   'hateful'   hypocrisy   of   every   'bigoted,   intolerant,   polygaphobic'   homosexual   advocate   who   would   deny   the   civil   rights   of   freely-consenting   adult   polygamists.     It   shows   that   they   don't   really   believe   that   everyone   --   including   polygamists   --   should   all   have   equal   rights." 
Henkel   has   some   support   for   that   point   even   at   the   U.S.   Supreme   Court. 
The   case   of   Romer   v.   Evans,   in   1996,   was   touted   as   a   victory   for   the   civil   rights   of   people   with   a   purported   "homosexual   orientation."     U.S.   Justice   Antonin   Scalia   dissented   the   majority's   decision,   noting   how   it   pertains   to   anti-polygamy   laws. 
Scalia   declared,   "Polygamists,   and   those   who   have   a   polygamous   'orientation,'   have   been   'singled   out'   by   [anti-polygamy   laws]   for   much   more   severe   treatment   than   merely   denial   of   favored   status...     [Romer   v.   Evans]   suggests   that   these   provisions   are   unconstitutional;   and   that   polygamy   must   be   permitted   in   these   States...   --unless,   of   course,   polygamists   for   some   reason   have   fewer   constitutional   rights   than   homosexuals." 
Henkel,   not   one   to   rely   on   the   "polygamous   orientation"   argument,   joked,   "Imagine   the   uproar   if   homosexual   voles   had   been   modified   into   heterosexuals." 


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