A judge in Utah has said polygamy is a legal right. Of course he did since the Supreme Court ruled on the moral equivalency of same-sex sexuality and heterosexuality. Eleven years ago “Justice Antonin Scalia warned in Lawrence v. Texas that the Supreme Court majority had created ‘a massive disruption of the current social order’ by striking down a Texas law barring sodomy.”
Justice Scalia went on to predict the following:
In the nineteenth century, the courts agreed that it was necessary for the State to acknowledge the biblical requirement of monogamy over against polygamy (many wives). Marriage is by definition a union of one man and one woman.
The courts justified their rulings because of moral absolutes found in the Christian religion. What was true of polygamy was equally true of homosexuality since homosexuality was illegal in all the states, including the Mormon-populated state of Utah. The arguments against polygamy applied to homosexuality with little or no debate.
In The Late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. United States (1890), the court determined that “[t]he organization of a community for the spread and practice of polygamy is, in a measure, a return to barbarism. It is contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity had produced in the Western world.”
In his dissent in the Romer v. Evans (1996) decision, Justice Scalia wrote the following:
“Has the Court concluded that the perceived social harm of polygamy is a ‘legitimate concern of government,’ and the perceived social harm of homosexuality is not?”
With the polygamy ruling, the legal door will be open even wider for the next minority group to argue for their marriage rights…
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