by Dr. D ~ December 16th, 2013
( ‘Sister Wives’ TV Series: Wikipedia)
A federal Judge has ruled that Utah’s law which criminalizes polygamy is unconstitutional.
This does not mean that polygamy is now ‘legally’ recognized in Utah only that there will no longer be a penalty for multiple people to live together in some kind of committed relationships.
Here’s the story from the RNS:
U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups’ ruling attacks sections of Utah’s law making cohabitation illegal, saying in his decision that the phrase “or cohabits with another person” is a violation of both the First and 14th amendments.
In his decision, Waddoups writes that while there is no “fundamental right” to practice polygamy, the issue really comes down to “religious cohabitation.”
The judge’s ruling does not say that Utah has to recognize multiple marriages, …
Response:This is a very narrow decision aimed at dismissing any penalties for ‘religious’ polygamy in Utah. In one sense I guess it could be considered a ‘freedom of religion’ issue at least that is how the judge has conveniently framed it. However it is really a product of the current social environment in America which condones pre-marital cohabitation and a toleration of all sorts of relationships which used to be considered ‘immoral’ a generation ago when the country was far more Christian than it is today. This is just the beginning.
In America we are in the middle of re-defining marriage to include same-sex relationships. While this decision has nothing to do with same-sex marriage, it is creating an environment where eventually marriage could be re-defined to include other types of committed relationships. After all, what would be the rational for continuing to prohibit polygamy or polyamory once the understanding of what constitutes marriage is separated from it’s traditional New Testament Christian roots? *Top