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Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:25 PM

Utah polygamy laws declared unconstitutional

The cohabitation provisions of the Utah law was declared invalid http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56894145-78/utah-waddoups-brown-family.html.csp

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Reply Utah polygamy laws declared unconstitutional (Original post)
Gothmog Dec 2013 OP
Cal Carpenter Dec 2013 #1
defacto7 Dec 2013 #2
MADem Dec 2013 #3
rug Dec 2013 #4
Major Nikon Dec 2013 #5
davidpdx Dec 2013 #6
TampaAnimusVortex Dec 2013 #7
LadyHawkAZ Dec 2013 #8

Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:34 PM

1. Wow

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 12:04 AM

2. My understanding was that

the constitutional provisions were added as an agreement with he US government so Utah could become a state? I guess that doesn't change anything. The polygamists have been doing their thing here in Utah with or without the Utah constitution. Kind of "don't talk don't tell."




http://www.wasatchbeers.com/polygporter.html

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 12:27 AM

3. Well, there's a narrow distinction carved out....

Utah’s bigamy statute technically survived the ruling. However, Waddoups took a narrow interpretation of the words "marry" and "purports to marry," meaning that bigamy remains illegal only in the literal sense — when someone fraudulently acquires multiple marriage licences.


This is probably gonna get interesting...

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 12:32 AM

4. Here's the decision.

 

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 12:40 AM

5. Well there you have it, just like they said

Plural marriage brought to by [strike]homosexual[/strike] Christian activists.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 12:46 AM

6. Moving backward in time

So we are back to allowing men to have as many "wifes" as they want in Utah. OMG it's their religious freedom. But gay people, no they can't marry. Isn't that special.

I'll tell you exactly what will void it. Pass a law making extramarital affairs (adultery) illegal like it is here in South Korea. Add a section saying something like "the consent of the current spouse is not an exemption from the law" or "spousal consent is not a defense against adultery". The bible thumpers in Utah ought to pass this if they believe marriage is between "a man and a wife".



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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 01:47 AM

7. As long as it's voluntary, I could care less...

Women should be able to have multiple wives or husbands, as men should be able to have multiple husbands or wives... as long as its voluntary. The very idea that an adult needs "permission" by the state to get married smacks of serfdom.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 02:21 AM

8. I'm no longer a potential felon, yay!

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