Bigamy is not a crime

I don’t watch much TV, so it came as a bit of a surprise a new reality show on TLC, featuring a polygamist couple, has recently attracted the attention of Utah police. They are investigating the show in order to see if they can prosecute Kody Brown and his three “wives” for bigamy. This so-called crime carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail if found guilty.

It’s doubtful this will go anywhere, since Brown is only legally married to one of them, but the very fact the government thinks it has a right to persecute people who choose to live this way is ridiculous. Say what you will about the religious reasons for this polygamy; I for one find it totally unacceptable that plural marriages are against the law. What exactly is this law designed to protect? It’s just another form of discrimination, more of the “marriage police” trying to tell us all how to live. I think so long as people are happy and aren’t hurting anyone else, than the hell is the harm? If you can’t answer that question, then your law is just plain wrong. It really is that simple.

NOTE: Does anyone else remember a time when The Learning Channel had programs designed to actually teach you something? Me neither.

Comments (13)

  • avatar

    Jim

    consenting adults should be able to do whatever the hell they like. Guy wants four wife’s, good luck to him! Fat bitches need love too.

  • avatar

    JFS

    The thing is, there has to be a limit, right ? Or would you allow 1 million people to get married together ? 1 000 ? 100 ? 10 ?

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    WinterApocalypse

    Marriage shouldn’t be something to be regulated at all. In fact, I feel that marriage as a legal contract to be rather… odd. Marriage is supposed to be a symbol of love, why does there have to be a system of legalities surrounding it?

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    Jemaleddin

    Jacob: looking at things from the philosophical perspective is very useful in matters of philosophy. Using logic and reasoning to debate things like the existence of deities is perfectly reasonable, and the best strategy.

    But polygamy isn’t just a philosophical question – it’s a practical one. I think that if you gave anything more than the most cursory bit of attention to the issue, you’d feel differently.

    It’s all well and good to say that fine upstanding citizens should be allowed to engage in whatever consensual arrangements between adults they like, but that sentence doesn’t come anywhere close to describing the actual situations involved. These relationships are almost exclusively like that of Warren Jeffs than the freakshow above.

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    Roger

    Of course no one should be compelled into a “marriage” but the gov’t should not have any say in regards to what kind of adult, consensual relationship arrangements we decide to have in our personal lives. I will grant that since formal marriage has legal implications, some regulation of that may be warranted but there is no way that the actual relationships in themselves should be prohibited by the govt.

    Protect people from abuse and exploitation, but stay the hell out of my private life!

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    Roger

    I should just clarify… there’s NO WAY in hell that *I* would ever want another wife. One has been more than enough! (I always tell my wife I would never marry again… never. I learned my lesson :)

    But if your nuts enough to want it and smart enough to convince women into it – have at it. If it isn’t well thought out or part of a solid arrangement, I suspect there would be much regret when the fantasy of multiple wives wears off and reality sets in. Maybe a psych evaluation is more appropriate than jail time.

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    Jemaleddin

    Jacob: Those aren’t the only issues, even with Jeffs. Seriously: how many kids on welfare does one guy need?

    What’s interesting is how little outcry there is to have this changed. Do you know anybody willing to march so that Warren can keep getting married? Why do you think that is?

    And why exactly do these folks need the protections of marriage?

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    Roger

    Why no outcry? Polygamy isn’t popular… does that make it inherently wrong or OK for the government to prohibit it? Since it’s not a majority practice does it mean its fair game for vilification? Atheism doesn’t appear to be too popular…. ?

    I’m not sure that kids on welfare is really the issue… and don’t they come from a variety of family configurations? Since so few engage in polygamy I doubt it contributes much to the welfare burden.

    My impression was that the serious polygamists have their own strong support structure and social network, or are we seeing an epidemic of polygamy in our ghettos? Confusing unwed mothers with children from multiple fathers with polygamy?

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    Jacob Fortin

    So what should we do Jemaleddin, make polygamy illegal because weirdo Mormon fundamentalists marry little girls? That’s an entirely different issue! They aren’t adults and there isn’t consent in that case. Government has no business in people’s bedrooms.

    If you want to stop forced and coerced marriages, that’s something else. Otherwise, it’s just more of the “moral majority” telling other people how to live, and THAT is a practical issue.

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    Razzle

    I think to be able to legally differentiate between types of marriage, you need to show that there is some substantial harm done by allowing that type of marriage and I think that maybe this circumstance fits in that category.

    I do appreciate the attitude of “Do whatever you want as long as you’re not hurting anyone”, but I think there is harm. I think it’s harm that may not be apparent when the marriage happens

    In my mind this law is on the books to counter oppression of women. I think it works in a practical way, but in a perfect world, of course this type of marriage could work fine.

  • avatar

    Reverend Clint

    TLC is full of midgets, people with too many children, and midgets with too many children.

  • avatar

    Jim

    consenting adults.

    that is all.

  • avatar

    L.Long

    I find the issue really really silly considering it is various xtian cults that are most against it!!!!
    Don’t these silly twits read their own holey buyBull????

    Oh! Right… According to the latest PEW survey they don’t. Which explains their abysmal ignorance as to whether it is a sin or not.
    For 3/4′s of the buyBull the main characters have enough booty around the house to make this guy look quaint. And they are trying to arrest him! How drool.

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