Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Polygamy Crisis May Come Sooner Than I Thought

Yesterday I raised the question of why, exactly, polygamy is illegal. The old reason, that it is un-Christian, is not likely to fly as a legal argument anymore.

Well, I may have been too optimistic about how long we have until this crisis is upon us. As I was posting, the Washington Times was running “The marriage of many,” by Cheryl Wetzstein. She reports that there are already tens of thousands of polygamous Hmong refugees living in the United States. Moreover, the Libertarian Party and (surprise) the American Civil Liberties Union already support legal polygamy.

Am I making this up?

"Polygamy rights is the next civil rights battle." So goes the motto of a Christian pro-polygamy organization that has been watching the battle over homosexual "marriage" rights with keen interest. "We're coming. We are next. There's no doubt about it, we are next," says Mark Henkel, founder of www.TruthBearer.org.

This is not simply conservative opponents of gay marriage inventing a scary, slippery-slope scenario. The proponents of polygamy – even Christian polygamy – are already here. The test case has already been filed in Utah by a married couple who want to marry another woman.

So much is written about same-sex marriage now that a handy acronym, SSM, is widely used by bloggers. Can MMM (multi- mate marriage) be far behind?

2 comments:

SPorcupine said...

A few years ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it unconstitutional to include "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. I figure that if the Supreme Court had upheld that one, it would have become known as a "48 x 48" error, because a constitutional amendment to contrary could pass 48 states in 48 hours.

The polygamy issue looks to me like the same kind of issue. If I was an ACLU strategist, I'd be trying to bury the issue in a deep dark abandoned coal mine, because even talking about it is going to make their other goals on family structure harder to achieve.

Gruntled said...

I will answer this more thoroughly in the next two posts.