Southern Evangelical Seminary Reacts to New Polyamorous Relationship Statute in Cambridge, MA

SES: ‘Insurmountable Practical Difficulties Make it a Poor Foundation for Civil Society’

March 22, 2021

TUPELO, Miss. — During the week of March 8-12, the Cambridge City Council in Massachusetts approved an ordinance amending the city’s existing statute so that domestic partnerships are not limited to only two people.

Cambridge is the second city to officially recognize polyamory. The city joins Sommerville, MA regarding this revised policy.

With this Cambridge ordinance comes a rule that domestic partners must file a registration stating that they are “in a relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment and intend to remain in such a relationship.” The new plan removes the condition that those in the “partnership live together” and also removes the condition that domestic partners must provide proof of their “familial relationship to the city.”

“Polyamorous relationships or union to more than one person at the same time can be divided into polygyny – one husband has more than one wife, or polyandry – one wife has more than one husband,” said Dr. Doug Potter, Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Theology at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu). “Both are wrong or against nature, because neither can realize the desired good or wellbeing of all involved, through the primary end or secondary ends of marriage. The primary end of marriage is the good of the human race achieved through children being born and reared in a marital union (wedlock) of a biological man and woman. The secondary ends reinforce the primary end by allowing sexual desire to find legitimate outlet. This contributes to the achievement of human love in union of soul, mind, emotions, and body. Lifelong care and companionship are achieved because it is exclusive since the qualities of man and woman are naturally supplementary, each supplying what the other lacks.

“In contrast, the different forms of polyamory are worse than promiscuity since they are bound to multiple companions. Mutual love is weakened because it is divided between multiple partners and produces unavoidable jealousy. The children suffer since with multiple fathers they are often undetermined/unknown who fathered which children and therefore do not receive proper parental connection and training. And having multiple mothers produces confusion and divides attention and consistent upbringing. Having multiple partners, one is unable to give and receive the experience of comprehensive unity. Furthermore, insurmountable practical difficulties make it a poor foundation for civil society.”

SES offers the 15 hour Certificate in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE).The PPE can also be used as a concentration within most master’s degrees (excluding M.A.R.). SES believes that one must minister to the present generation according to its needs, and to do so with truth and power, its students need training in the ethical, political, and economic implications of the unchanging Faith “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). This combination of PPE training and classical seminary education can be a potent one in combating the new heresies and false doctrines rooted in a secularist, progressivist worldview.

For more information on SES, visit its website at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.

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