“The next step, quite frankly, is having three people or four people that love each other being able to enter into a permanent union endorsed by society.”
What’s so horrible about that, to be honest? Seriously, he’s said it himself - “three people or four people that love each other”; if they love each other so much and want to honour their commitment to each other by cementing it under law, who cares? It’s just bullshit that this is seen as being as horrible as bestiality. Screw that.
I’m actually hoping sometime after we’ve gotten same sex marriage legalized we can get polygamy (be it polygyny, polyandry, group marriages, or whatever) legalized. It’s the only way I’d ever get married, and as long as everyone is consenting I don’t see anything wrong with it. The problem with bestiality is that you can’t really get consent from an animal, of course you could always do pet play with consenting adults but it’s already legal for you to get married to your “pet” unless you have more than one, then we’re back to legalizing polygamy.
It should just be possible for consenting adults to get married. It shouldn’t even be an issue.
I mean, civil marriage is essentially just a contract between you, your partner, and the government, with certain financial and legal terms. It shouldn’t be that hard to have other types, with more than two people, or with different requirements - consider things like legal guardians, incorporated businesses, power of attorney, tax dependents, business partner ships, etc. which are all similar constructs.
And it wouldn’t lead to bestiality, because animals (like minors) aren’t considered to have the ability to sign contracts, which is what a marriage is.