Skip to comments.Utah Democrat AG Candidate Says Polygamy Must be Allowed Based on Repeal of Sodomy Law
Posted on 10/28/2008 4:02:56 PM PDT by wagglebee
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Democratic Attorney General candidate Jean Welch Hill has told Utah voters that polygamists should never have to fear being prosecuted for their religion.
According to an AP report she said that the Utah bigamy statute is unconstitutional in the wake of the 2003 Supreme Court ruling Lawrence v. Texas. That case struck down the Texas sodomy law, saying it violated the due process clause and that the state had no justifiable interest intruding into the private lives of consenting adults.
"Our bigamy law still stands but, frankly, it's indefensible based on that ruling," Hill told AP. "You can prosecute for forced marriages, but to actively prosecute a polygamist for being a polygamist? You're not going to succeed."
Incumbent Republican Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says, however, that he is more concerned with polygamy being legalized under a court ruling in favor of homosexual marriage, than Lawrence v. Texas.
"Once you take it to the next level of marriage and children, marriage and divorce, that's different than having sex with who you want in the privacy of your home," he said in the AP report.
Utah is in a unique situation due to the legacy of the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the state's dominant religion. Though polygamy was abandoned as a tenet of faith in 1890, there are an estimated 37,000 polygamists in the West, most of them in Utah.
Whichever way polygamy may become lawful, commentators have long warned that as soon as homosexuality becomes acceptable there is no compelling reason to forbid polygamy.
In Canada, after the then Liberal government legalized same-sex marriage, Conservative leader Stephen Harper warned that it could lead to legalization of polygamy. I believe we have to recognize the traditional definition of marriage in law, otherwise we will continue to be presented with demands that just get more and more radical, he said.
Columnist Barbara Kay published an article in the National Post in 2005 titled "The Broken Windows Theory of Marriage," where she said, "Polygamists have not challenged the ban for the same reason people walk by an apparently abandoned car for days on end - until someone breaks one of its windows. The car is then vandalized and stripped within hours. Gay marriage is that broken window. Continuing vandalism will see marriage abolished altogether, exactly what radical gays, feminists and family law theorists wanted in the first place, and the reason why feminists disparage heterosexual, but support gay, marriage."
Kay continued, observing, "Gay marriage activists who break metaphorical car windows have no moral advantage over polygamists who slash metaphorical tires. If gender is irrelevant to marriage, why not numbers? The legal director of the Utah branch of the American Civil Liberties Union says, Talking to Utah's polygamists is like talking to gays and lesbians who really want the right to live their lives.
Polygamist Muslims are already enjoying special exemptions in countries that don't have a tradition of polygamy but have wholeheartedly embraced homosexuality.
In February LifeSiteNews.com reported that the primacy of natural, monogamous marriage in the laws of western countries, such as Britain and Canada, was being eroded by mass immigration from Islamic states and the success of the homosexual lobby in re-writing the legal definition of marriage. LSN revealed that in Britain and Canada, immigration and welfare rules tacitly admit that polygamy, which remains illegal in both countries, is one of the new facts of life.
In Britain new rules drawn up by the UK's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) allow Muslim men - who under Sharia law are permitted up to four wives - to claim welfare benefits for more than one wife.
Canadian lawmakers said they were "perturbed" to find out earlier this year that husbands are claiming welfare benefits for multiple wives in Ontario.
A report was released in February by the Canadian Society of Muslims that estimated that "several hundred" men in the Greater Toronto Area are in polygamous marriages and are receiving welfare payments for their multiple wives, though bigamy remains illegal in Canada and the rules officially bar applicants for welfare from claiming for more than one spouse.
Although polygamy is technically banned in the Netherlands, the marriages of Muslims who have several wives are now recognized by Dutch authorities in the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, if the marriages took place in countries where having more than one wife is permitted, such as Morocco.
A Canadian study in 2006 that suggested legalizing polygamy argued that keeping polygamy illegal served no useful purpose. Why criminalize the behaviour? lead author of the study, Martha Bailey said. We don't criminalize adultery. In light of the fact that we have a fairly permissive society, why are we singling out that particular form of behaviour for criminalization?
Read related LifeSiteNews.com articles:
The Broken Windows Theory of Marriage
by Barbara Kay
Polygamy has Arrived: Britain and Canada Pay Welfare Benefits to Polygamist Immigrants
Provincial Attorney-General Warns Canada's Polygamy Law Open to Legal Challenge
Netherlands Recognises Polygamous Marriages of Muslims reports Dutch Newspaper
Canadian Government Study Suggests Legalizing Polygamy
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Well there you go.
Didn’t Utah have to adios polygamy as a condition of statehood ?
A lot of people said that is a logical outcome based on the sodomy decision.
Wow. NOBODY saw THAT coming! Outta the freakin’ blue!
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So now kindergartners will be read “Heather Has THREE Mommies?”
The Communist goals for overtaking this country, read into the Congressional Record in 1963, most certainly included breaking down the traditional family and promoting every form of perversion and exception to any rule thereof. Now we are at a point of absolute chaos for children.
Well, the sodomy law has not been "repealed". Courts can't repeal laws, and we should stop calling their injunctions against enforcement acts of repeal.
That having been said, he's obviously right. If Lawrence v. Texas stands as precedent, there's NO WAY laws against polygamy can be enforced.
As long as there is only one daddy, yes.
Polygamy will be legalized when a bi-sexual man sues for the right to marry his boyfriend and his girlfriend.
That's funny, I thought they were prosecuted for polygomy.
Some more than others.
Male teens are frequently dumped on the streets of places like Salt Lake City by polygamous Mormon sects because there aren't enough females to go around. Over 400 abandoned young men are kept by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in one school in Salt Lake City alone. When they graduate from high school, they are unceremoniously discarded back onto the streets. You can read more about this HERE.
Perhaps worse is the fate awaiting the girls. They are taken from their homes as teens (some as young as 14 or 15) and given as wives to men in their 50's to essentially serve as breed stock in order to call home spirit babies. You can read more about this HERE and HERE.
Polygamy is an embarrassment to modern Mormonism, in part because of:
For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory. (D&C 132:4,21)
Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord. (BoM Jacob 2:24)
There is an excellent video (approximately 90 minutes long) on polygamy HERE. It is well worth the watch in my opinion. (Incidentally, the sponsor provides copies of the DVD without charge to LDS members)
I also strongly recommend you visit the Utah Attorney General's web page on polygamy HERE. You may also want to review the AG's Primer on polygamy (there is a link to the pdf document at the bottom of the first paragraph) with the understanding it is emotionally disturbing.
I think the equivalent to this case is a three-some or a group sex by consenting adults regardless of their marital status. I agree that the state should not involve on those actions. What she is arguing for, however, is polygamy marriage; not sexual activity.
Hey Newzjunkey. Here’s your SLIPPERY SLOPE IN ACTION!
January 10, 1963
Current Communist Goals
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.