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Commonalities in Polygamy and Same Sex Marriages

OK, you're right. I don't normally pander to prurient interests. Plus, who needs one more article about polygamy? But, I can't resist this one, especially given how many people have been asking my opinion as a lawyer on the recent spate of decisions on same sex marriages.

I can pick hot topics, can't I?

Well, here's a new twist on an old saw. Detod Legal News posted an AP report that an avowed polygamist believes his case is no different than the cases courts have recently made in favor of same sex marriages.

As a lawyer, I can see his reasoning. I mean if the social policy against same sex marriages is based on lack of procreation, then this guy's made his point. After all, he's got 30 children.

But of course, that's not the "rest of the story." Apparently, according to the AP article, this polygamist allegedly "married" a 13-year old, and he's up on charges of failure to pay child support. I make a good living, but I wouldn't want to see that bill at the end of the month.

For anyone who's wondering, I don't endorse polygamy, although I have to admit .... well, never mind. And to be totally clear, I'll quote the AP report, "Polygamy was renounced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1890 as part of a deal to grant Utah statehood, and the church now excommunicates those members who practice or advocate it. "

There you have it. Notice how I completely avoided giving my opinion on these two issues? Well, if you have to know, I'm a libertarian, so I don't really care whether same sex marriages or polygamy are approved or not.

But I do want to know if that polygamy guy succeeds. Maybe he's got something going there...

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Monday, December 01, 2003

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