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Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Courtís Marriage Ruling: "Nuclear family not the majority anymore"
BuzzFeed ^ | June 26, 2013 | McKay Coppins

Posted on 06/30/2013 7:59:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Supreme Court’s rulings in favor of same-sex marriage Wednesday were greeted with excitement by polygamists across the country, who viewed the gay rights victory as a crucial step toward the country’s inevitable acceptance of plural marriage.

Anne Wilde, a vocal advocate for polygamist rights who practiced the lifestyle herself until her husband died in 2003, praised the court’s decision as a sign that society’s stringent attachment to traditional “family values” is evolving.

“I was very glad… The nuclear family, with a dad and a mom and two or three kids, is not the majority anymore,” said Wilde. “Now it’s grandparents taking care of kids, single parents, gay parents. I think people are more and more understanding that as consenting adults, we should be able to raise a family however we choose.”

“We’re very happy with it,” said Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist who has three wives. “I think [the court] has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that’s certainly something that’s going to trickle down and impact us.”

Noting that the court found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional because the law denied marriage rights to a specific class of people, Darger said, “Our very existence has been classified as criminal… and I think the government needs to now recognize that we have a right to live free as much as anyone else.”

Gay rights advocates have long sought to distance themselves from polygamists in order to undermine social conservatives’ slippery-slope argument, as articulated on Twitter Wednesday by talk radio host Bryan Fischer: “The DOMA ruling has now made the normalization of polygamy, pedophilia, incest and bestiality inevitable. Matter of time.”

But polygamists in the United States, where bigamy is a crime, have taken cues from the marriage equality movement, and the few public champions of the lifestyle have deliberately positioned themselves as libertarian-minded gay rights advocates as well. Following gay rights activists’ lead, polygamist families — like the Browns, with their TLC reality show Sister Wives, and the Dargers, who came out with a book last year — have come forward to convince the American public that their lifestyle can be wholesome and normal.

The key difference in their missions, Wilde said, is that “gays want legal marriage and polygamists don’t” — they just want their lifestyle to be decriminalized.

“If you legalize plural marriage, that means the government is going to control certain aspects of it,” Wilde reasoned. “They might say, you have to make so much money, you can’t have any more than four like it says in the Koran.”

Still, she said the court’s decision would only help polygamists’ cause.

“I’m not a fortune-teller, but it seems like if more people are accepting of gay marriage, it would follow that polygamist marriage wouldn’t be criticized quite so much.”

But some polygamists were trying to temper their enthusiasm Wednesday.

“I do see this as a positive step toward recognizing the civil rights of the plural culture to make their lifestyle choices without being branded as criminals,” said Marlyne Hammon, a practicing polygamist. “We are still in the trenches facing the reality of stubborn, unjust laws, so we are cautious about breaking out the champagne just yet.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bigamy; consequences; consequencesofideas; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; homosexualmarriage; pedophiles; polyamory; polygamy; randsconcerntrolls; samesexmarriage; scotus; zot
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To: Cvengr

I want to marry my dogs and claim them as deductions. Just marriage! No sex!


41 posted on 07/01/2013 12:24:36 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: ansel12

Like I said, you’re a fascist of the liberal kind. Just like Mayor Bloomberg. You want the government to legislate sexual preferences and dictate our moral values. You’re just unhappy because the current government chose to legislate the side that you’re not on.


42 posted on 07/01/2013 12:25:20 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: VerySadAmerican

You wouldn’t be required to marry a b*tch, just any old dog will now work under Obama’s way.


43 posted on 07/01/2013 12:35:49 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Usagi_yo

Anyone promoting homosexual marriage and homosexualizing the military and adoption and immigration has no moral values.


44 posted on 07/01/2013 1:00:12 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: ansel12

You have no morals then because you agree in the principles that the government is using to do exactly that.


45 posted on 07/01/2013 1:39:50 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Usagi_yo

I’m not sure what your ramblings are about, other than to know that even though you just won gays in the military, gay marriage accepted by the federal government and the military, and in immigration, you still are ranting at Christians and conservatives for even daring to try to prevent this change in federal law.


46 posted on 07/01/2013 1:50:04 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: Usagi_yo; ansel12; Jim Robinson

So, are people who oppose same-sex marriage fascists?


47 posted on 07/01/2013 6:53:43 PM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: jboot

It might be fun to start collecting how many times I get called “facist” for opposing gay marriage.

Here is another. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3037789/posts?page=40#40


48 posted on 07/01/2013 9:01:03 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: ansel12

Wow. It is hard to believe that so many FReepers are social libs. Why bother coming here?


49 posted on 07/02/2013 3:29:44 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Like it says in the Koran?" Huh? Did she really want to go there?

Yup. She just made herself impervious from attack by the leftards by waving around the koranimal's guide to better killing.

50 posted on 07/02/2013 3:33:54 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: skeeter
Having redefined marriage, they have destroyed their own argument that marriage is still limited to two individuals. All sorts off "marriage" unions can now be envisioned as long as the partners love one another enough to get "married". The homosexual "rights" activists have truly opened Pandora's Box.
51 posted on 07/02/2013 4:15:16 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: jboot

Now I’m being told to go back to DU for opposing the homosexual agenda, which is a little confusing.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3037789/posts?page=48#48


52 posted on 07/02/2013 10:49:11 AM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: KC_Lion

Did you see this one?


53 posted on 07/11/2013 1:10:23 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: MeganC
I had not thank You Megan.

Interesting.....

54 posted on 07/11/2013 2:27:26 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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