Sunday, December 15, 2013

Polygamy OKd by Fed. Judge = 'Marriage' Anarchy

Once again, predictions of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia have materialized . . .

In ruling that the Utah law banning polygamy is unconstitutional, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups, cited two Supreme Court decisions: the 2003 ruling favoring sodomy, and this year's ruling favoring same-sex "marriage."  The Gay Agenda is proving to be the epitome of the "slippery slope" metaphor.
“Homosexuals and polygamists do have a common interest: the right to be left alone as consenting adults. There is no spectrum of private consensual relations — there is just a right of privacy that protects all people so long as they do not harm others.”
-- Attorney Jonathan Turley, plaintiff counsel and law professor at George Washington University
For background, read Justice Scalia's reasoning in Supreme Court's New Morality Means Justice for Polygamy

UPDATE 3/24/15: 'Husband' Impregnates Both 'Married' Lesbian Wives (Polyamory)

UPDATE 7/30/14: - Polygamy Too: Federal Court Ruling for 'Gay Marriage'

UPDATE 12/24/13: Federal Judge Orders Utah 'Gay Marriages' to Proceed (see article excerpts below)

UPDATE 12/24/13: Activist Judges Say Scalia Right on 'Gay Marriage'

In addition, read 'Gay Marriage' Enables Polygamy Court Challenge and also read 1 Mom, 2 Dads & Baby: ABC News Promotes Polyamory

-- From "Decision says part of law against bigamy violates 1st Amendment" by Martin Griffith, Associated Press 12/15/13

The ruling was a victory for the polygamist Brown family — stars of the reality TV show “Sister Wives” — and other Fundamentalist Mormons who believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.

Anne Wilde of the polygamy advocacy group Principle Voices says polygamous families have lived under the threat of arrest for decades and no longer have to worry that “someone will knock on their door and take away their kids” because the ruling decriminalizes polygamy in Utah.

The Utah attorney general’s office has not yet said whether it’ll appeal Waddoups’ decision.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Polygamy in Utah Decriminalized by Federal Court" posted at JD Journal 12/14/13

The U.S. District Court, District of Utah, Central Division has ruled that plural marriages do not constitute a crime. While this does not open the door immediately to plural marriage licenses or other rights, it does one thing – families that practice polygamy may not be persecuted by the state as criminals.

In its decision, the court struck down the part of the statute that criminalizes co-habitation between consenting adults. The effect of the decision would also limit future prosecutions of traditional bigamy in cases where individuals have multiple marriage licenses.

Of course, this throws open a door of thousands of other issues like inheritance, and rights of wives and their children, but as the case makes clear – criminalization of polygamy also did not serve to address those more important issues, but served to suppress them.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "A Utah Law Prohibiting Polygamy Is Weakened" by John Schwartz, New York Times 12/14/13

A federal judge has struck down parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law as unconstitutional in a case brought by a polygamous star of a reality television series. Months after the Supreme Court bolstered rights of same-sex couples, the Utah case could open a new frontier in the nation’s recognition of once-prohibited relationships.

Judge Waddoups, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, wrote a 91-page decision that reflects — and reflects upon — the nation’s changing attitude toward government regulation of personal affairs and unpopular groups. The Supreme Court supported the power of states to restrict polygamy in an 1879 decision, Reynolds v. United States.

As same-sex marriage has gained popular approval and legal status in recent years, some have hoped — and some feared — that other forms of cohabitation might follow. Justice Antonin Scalia, in his bitter and famous dissent from the 2003 Lawrence case, said the nation was on the verge of the end of legislation based on morality, and was opening the door to legalizing “bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality and obscenity.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "After ruling, polygamy same as it ever was on Utah-Arizona line" by Jim Dalrymple II, The Salt Lake Tribune 12/15/13

After learning of the ruling Saturday afternoon, Marvin Wyler exclaimed "hallelujah" and said polygamy never should have been criminalized in the first place. Wyler — who left The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints more than a decade ago but continues to believe in polygamy — said that in the past polygamists feared legal repercussions for their criminalized lifestyle. The ruling lifts that threat — which surprised Charlette Wyler, a wife of Marvin’s.

But Marvin Wyler also doubted the new court ruling would have a major impact on Hildale [Utah] and adjacent Colorado City, Ariz., collectively known as Short Creek. He didn’t know of the ruling until Saturday afternoon — hours after a polygamous wedding happened in the town — and life would likely continue for most people as usual.

"It won’t be any different," he said.

The limited impact of the ruling was the theme of the day in the community, which seems to have learned to live without much attention to bigamy laws.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 12/24/13: "Utah judge: Ruling allowing same-sex marriages still stands" by Suzanne Presto and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN 12/24/13

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling Monday comes three days after he struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.

Shelby said lawyers for the state had offered no evidence that opposite-sex marriage would be affected and that their "fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State's refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens."

Shelby held a hearing on the matter Monday and denied Utah's request to stay his decision, according to Mary Jane McNamee, his courtroom deputy.

Utah voters approved a law banning same-sex marriage in 2004.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 6/26/14 (Utah): Tenth Circuit Court upholds rulings favoring same-sex "marriage"

Also read Homosexual 'Marriage' Not Enough; Next Goal

In addition, read Pedophilia is Sexual Orientation, Like 'Being Gay' and also read Normalization of Pedophilia Urged by Psychiatrists as well as Pedophiles Win in 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals