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    Saturday, March 18, 2006

    Legally, Polygamy is next

    From the looks of this picture, polygamists dress their children nicely.

    I don't know much about polygamy, except for what the Church teaches:

    [Conjugal] communion is radically contradicted by polygamy; this, in fact, directly negates the plan of God which was revealed from the beginning, because it is contrary to the equal personal dignity of men and women who in matrimony give themselves with a love that is total and therefore unique and exclusive."

    Adultery, divorce, polygamy, and free union are grave offenses against the dignity of marriage.

    As explained in the Newsweek article, the polygamists and gay-marriage
    groups have no love for each other, legally they are on the same free ride:

    There's a sound legal argument for making the controversial practice legal, says Brian Barnard, the lawyer for a Utah couple, identified in court documents only as G. Lee Cooke and D. Cooke, who filed suit after being denied a marriage license for an additional wife. Though the case was struck down by a federal court last year, it's now being considered by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Barnard plans to use the same argument—that Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 sodomy case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individuals have "the full right to engage in private conduct without government intervention," should also apply to polygamous relationships.


    Almost always, when the legalization of polygamy is brought up, it's used to make a case against gay marriage. Most notably, Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania told the Associated Press in 2003 that legalizing gay sex would pave the way for legalized bigamy, polygamy and incest. This "slippery slope" argument angers some gay-rights activists who see the issues as being completely separate.

    "I frankly would not love to see an article [about polygamy advocacy] in NEWSWEEK because this is the connection that our opponents make, and we feel it's a specious one," says Carisa Cunningham, director of public affairs for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. Polygamy activists aren't thrilled with the association, either. Though they closely watch the gay-marriage battle, they are generally religious and conservative—and, like Henkel and Hammon, believe that homosexual behavior is a sin.

    I don't know what the polygamist atmosphere does to the children as they are
    growing up.

    But I am very afraid of a little boy in the controling atmosphere of
    2 homosexual married men for all the childhood years.

    Is there someone who
    doesn't know what I mean? I doubt it.

    Because the popular culture sees polygamists as religious and conservative,
    the legal trail for polygamy will probably be a slow one. It will have none of
    the gay agenda demonstration marches and liberal legislators behind it.

    But legally, what to stop anything if marriage is not between one man and one
    woman? Only the Supreme Court or a constitutional amendment it seems. I hope we
    will find out soon.


    Anonymous Glauco Ortolano said...

    Prejudicial views on poligamy have done great harm to many individuals, and ironically, some of these views have come from great figures of our history. Abraham Lincon, for instance, pronounced 19th Century poligamy as one of the "twin relics of barbarism" along with slavery. Nothing could be more wrong considering the historical context and the caliber of the people involved in the practice at the time.
    The practice of polygamy was taken all the way to the Supreme Court and ruled illegal in the 19th Century. Ironically, some of the same Supreme Court Justices to rule polygamy illegal were the same who ruled salvery constitutional. I think it is time we rethink many of these decisions taken in the past.

    March 20, 2006  

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