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“It’s true that the Utah ruling is one of the latest examples of a national trend away from laws that impose a moral code. There is a difference, however, between the demise of morality laws and the demise of morality. This distinction appears to escape social conservatives nostalgic for a time when the government dictated whom you could live with or sleep with. But the rejection of moral codes is no more a rejection of morality than the rejection of speech codes is a rejection of free speech. Our morality laws are falling, and we are a better nation for it.”

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Interesting editorial showing the transition from being against plural marriage to a more supportive stance…

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Great news!! From Jonathan Turley’s website:

It is with a great pleasure this evening to announce that decision of United States District Court judge Clarke Waddoups striking down key portions of the Utah polygamy law as unconstitutional. The Brown family and counsel have spent years in both the criminal phase of this case and then our challenge to the law itself in federal court. Despite the public statements of professors and experts that we could not prevail in this case, the court has shown that it is the rule of law that governs in this country. As I have previously written, plural families present the same privacy and due process concerns faced by gay and lesbian community over criminalization. With this decision, families like the Browns can now be both plural and legal in the state of Utah.  The Court struck down the provision as violating both the free exercise clause of the first amendment as well as the due process clause.   The court specifically struck down language criminalizing cohabitation — the provision that is used to prosecute polygamists.  The opinion is over 90 pages and constitutes a major constitutional ruling in protection of individual rights.

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Great editorial in support of Polygamy:

What if you were a polygamist? But, like, a really modern polygamist who wore jeans instead of pioneer-style dresses and didn’t even live on a compound? And then TLC decided to film the ups and downs of your daily life of polygamy?

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This op-ed piece by Mark Goldfeder in the Salt Lake Tribune adds some insightful and respectful commentary on the debate going on regading DOMA and Polygamy.

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The following is an interesting opinion regarding Jillian Keenan’s “Legalize Polygamy!” article in Slate. It is written by Peter Lawler.

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Recently, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council reintroduced a tired refrain: Legalized gay marriage could lead to other legal forms of marriage disaster, such as polygamy. Rick Santorum, Bill O’Reilly, and other social conservatives have made similar claims. It’s hardly a new prediction—we’ve been hearing it for years. Gay marriage is a slippery slope! A gateway drug! If we legalize it, then what’s next? Legalized polygamy?

We can only hope. (Click here to goto Slate and the rest of the article)

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Society has come a long way toward accepting gay marriage. Could the same ever be true for my polygamous family?

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It is fascinating to see the attention that Polygamy Activism is now getting.

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We found the following article published in Salon interesting and informative…

Polygamist Elizabeth Joseph writes that if polygamy didn’t exist, “the modern American career woman would have invented it. Because, despite its reputation, polygamy is the one lifestyle that offers an independent woman a real chance to ‘have it all’”. Elizabeth, who worked as a journalist, relied on her co-wives to help her with child care and meal preparation. She called it a “free-market approach to marriage” that allowed her to pick the best man available, regardless of his marital status.  Click here to continue reading…

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