The American Family Association's president, Tim Wildmon, sent out an "http://outbound3.afa.net/display.php?M=1367248&C=5874acb05bf0f3f4a49ec74e3c150a53&S=1900&L=12&N=445">AFA ActionAlert" this morning to let us know that our worst fears are, indeed, coming true. Thanks to an "activist" Federal judge in Utah, "...polygamy is now essentially legal in the United States."
Whoa! I tell you, those activist judges are out. of. control.
Of course, Wildmon had tried to tell us...
We warned from the beginning that once the biblical standard of man-woman marriage was breached, there would be no logical place to stop.
The AFA ActionAlert somewhat surprisingly links to this http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/14/sister-wives-bigamy-polygamy-utah/4021223/">USA Today story about the ruling—I say surprisingly because, presumably, we're not actually supposed to read the USA Today story, since it only barely says anything like what Wildmon's ActionAlert says.
There is a judge, and a lawsuit—one brought by the reality TV stars of "Sister Wives," a show which focuses on a polygamist family formerly of Utah—now in Vegas.
From USA Today:
U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups said in the ruling that the phrase in Utah law that forbids cohabitation with another person was a violation of the First Amendment.
Utah, it seems, has the most limiting polygamy law on the books—while 49 other states have laws against polygamy (being legally married to more than one person at a time), Utah's law "makes it illegal to even purport to be married to multiple partners or live together."
In other words, it's illegal in Utah to pretend to be married to more than one person at a time; in every other state it's only illegal to actually be married to more than one person at a time.
Back to Wildmon:
Though we have been accused of exaggerating and scare-mongering, this ruling shows that we were right all along to sound the alarm. Bans against incest are now at risk of being overturned.
Ahhh. Well, I guess we could see that one coming. Feels like a bit of a stretch… unless those rumors I've been hearing about a new show being cast in Appalachia called "Cousin Wives," prove to be true…