Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

Jul 3, 2015 by

From Fox News; A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied. “It’s about marriage equality,” Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. “You can’t have this without polygamy.” County clerk officials initially denied Collier’s application, then said they would consult with the county attorney’s office before giving him a final answer, Collier said. Yellowstone County chief civil litigator Kevin Gillen said he is reviewing Montana’s bigamy laws and expected to send a formal...

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You back gay marriage? Polygamy is fine then

Mar 3, 2015 by

By Laura Perrins, The Conservative Woman: Some conservatives believe that now the gay marriage debate is ‘settled’ the Left and the Right will gather round the great campfire of wonder, all holding hands while singing Kumbaya. It will be a glorious moment when marriage will be seen as the unremitting social good that it is – the Left will suddenly see that light and say, yes you were right all along, we were idiots and let’s enact shed-loads of pro-marriage measures. We are to believe that the progressives will say, now that the gays can join the great marriage party complete with matching napkins and diamond encrusted flower arrangements, we will support marriage too. When I hear this kind of argument from a conservative my first thought is – I’ll have what they are having. To see the world in such a rosy way means that they are either...

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Mass polygamy in UK Muslim community – claim

Dec 10, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Polygamy is being practised on an “enormous” scale within the British Muslim community without any official attempt to stop it, it has been claimed. A new study of the lives of Muslim women concludes that large numbers are being denied basic legal rights by being trapped in religiously sanctioned “marriages” which are not recognised in British law. In some cases the women, often born abroad and brought to the UK for arranged marriages, are unaware about their true status for years on end. The findings come from a study being presented to the House of Lords by the peer Baroness Cox, who has spearheaded attempt to impose new regulations on informal sharia courts. Aurat, a Muslim women’s rights group based in the West Midlands, interviewed a sample of 50 women about their personal situations. Nine in 10 of the women described themselves as married but...

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Polygamy Britain

Sep 23, 2014 by

by Rebecca Evans, Mailonline: As a bright, eager student at Cambridge University, with one degree already under her belt, Nabilah Phillips could look forward to a successful career and comfortable future. After completing her engineering PhD she would, perhaps, take up a coveted, highly-paid job in industry, or stay on as an academic lecturing the next generation. Instead, however, Nabilah, now 35, took an extremely unexpected path. She abandoned her studies, forfeiting her hard-won university place and entered a polygamous marriage, becoming the second wife of London businessman Hasan Phillips, 32 — who has since acquired a third wife.   Nabilah, her husband and his two other wives are part of a growing number of polygamous marriages taking place in Britain. They are rubber-stamped under Sharia law, which considers polygamy completely legitimate as Muslim men are permitted to take up to four wives.   It is, of course, in...

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‘Sister Wives’ Star Wins Case Against Polygamy Ban

Sep 4, 2014 by

By Michael Rothman, ABC News: Kody Brown, 44, and his four sister wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn — can now have a legal marriage in their home state of Utah. “It is with a great pleasure this evening that I can announce the final decision of United States District Court Judge Clarke Waddoups on the last remaining count in the Sister Wives case,” Brown’s attorney, Jonathan Turley, started off on his blog yesterday. The Browns, stars of the show “Sister Wives,” had been embroiled in a polygamy law case that had forced them away from their home. Turley said Waddoups had previously struck down “key portions” of the Utah polygamy law as unconstitutional, but that one item, Section 1883, remained. “He has now ruled for the Browns in what is now a clear sweep on all counts,” he wrote about the section “that state officials (notably prosecutor Jeffrey...

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Judge rules polygamy ban violates religious freedom

Aug 29, 2014 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: A US judge has ruled that a section of the law banning polygamy violates religious freedom, which could lead to the practice being decriminalised. Kody Brown – a member of a fundamentalist Mormon group who, along with his family, features in reality TV show ‘Sister Wives’ – filed a lawsuit against the state in 2011 after he was forced to fee Utah under threat of being charged with bigamy. Polygamous marriage is illegal in all 50 states in the US, and though formerly practised by the mainstream Mormon Church, it was outlawed in 1890. Some breakaway groups, however, including the Apostolic United Brethren of which Brown and his four wives are a part, continued the practice. They believe that it brings exaltation in heaven. Around 38,000 fundamentalist Mormons are thought to practise or believe in polygamy, most of whom live in Utah. Until now,...

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