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Why can’t I marry my sister’s husband?

12 February 2019

11:00 AM

12 February 2019

11:00 AM

Remember back to before the non-binding-voluntary-postal-survey regarding the re-definition of marriage how the ‘yes’ campaign said that nothing was going to change? Well, less than eighteen-months later we’re already starting to see this. Two women—who also happen to be identical twins—want to marry the same man.

According to Newshub:

Anna and Lucy De Cinque, 33, have been dating their mechanic boyfriend Ben Byrne for six years but can’t marry him under Australia’s anti-polygamy laws…

Ms and Ms De Cinque have previously made headlines for their attempts to become the most ‘identical’, identical twins in the world. And this goal hasn’t come cheap, according to news.com the pair have together spent over a quarter of a million dollars to look exactly like one another.

But back to Mr. Byrne and his intention to further re-define Australia’s marriage laws. While the Bible reluctantly describes polygamous marriages in uniformly negative terms, there is a reason why it explicitly says, ‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.’ (Lev. 18:18) The reason? Well, putting aside the obvious potential for increased marital conflict, how are the potential children of this three-way-marriage supposed to relate to one another? As siblings, or cousins?


By the way, this scenario is not as hypothetical as you might think because according to news.com the twins also want to get pregnant at exactly the same time. The mind boggles how they’re going to work that one out. Ray Stevens summed up how complicated things can quickly become in the following music video:

Now, before you ask, no they’re not Muslim, nor are they even Mormon. This is a decision that doesn’t seem to be religiously motivated at all. Instead, the article goes on to state:

Anna and Lucy previously told The Sun that when they met Ben, they told him they came as a package.

“He insisted that he was fine with it,” Anna said. “Being a non-identical twin himself, he said that he understood our bond.”

I’m sure that Byrne is. But personally, the thing that I find weirdest of all is that according to the piece, “Byrne moved in with the twins and their mum in 2013”. I’m sorry, but that’s just creepy. It’s one thing to shack up with identical twins, but to then also decide to live under the same roof as their mother? Surely I’m not the only one who thinks that this is not going to end well?

But then, who am I to judge – because ‘love is love’, right?

Mark Powell is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield.

Illustration: Anna and Lucy De Cinque/Instagram.

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