Behold, the slippery…
Behold, the slippery slope in action. (Hat tip to The Brussels Journal.)

The Netherlands and Belgium were the first countries to give full marriage rights to homosexuals. In the United States some politicians propose “civil unions” that give homosexual couples the full benefits and responsibilities of marriage. These civil unions differ from marriage only in name.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands polygamy has been legalised in all but name. Last Friday the first civil union of three partners was registered. Victor de Bruijn (46) from Roosendaal “married” both Bianca (31) and Mirjam (35) in a ceremony before a notary who duly registered their civil union.

Yes, I understand that “slippery slope” arguments can be … slippery. It’s easy to make them, but harder to prove that they’re happening. Well, this story is that proof. First same-sex marriage, then civil unions, and from civil unions you can go literally anywhere. Quoth the groom:

Victor: “A marriage between three persons is not possible in the Netherlands, but a civil union is. We went to the notary in our marriage costume and exchanged rings. We consider this to be just an ordinary marriage.”

Next stop, normalized polygamy. That’s not some dire prediction. That’s what is happening and will happen if we don’t hold the line somewhere. I’ve heard those who suggest that they’re for same-sex marriage but not anything further. But this story proves that, having opened the door a crack to let in just one person, a whole multitude stands ready to take advantage of the breach. You can call those who wanted the door to stay closed all sorts of names–prudish, intolerant, homophobic, narrow-minded–but regardless of how accurate or inaccurate those names are, when it comes down to what was predicted would happen, you can also call them “correct”.

Will that change the minds of those pushing for civil unions here? For most, I have my doubts, although I have no doubt that they’ll be shocked–SHOCKED–when the first trio get married here. “I had no idea” will be no excuse.

(Cross-posted at Stones Cry Out, Blogger News Network and Comments welcome.)

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