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 response to Collier by next week. “I think he deserves an answer,” Gillen said, but added his review is finding that “the law simply doesn’t provide for that yet.” The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday made gay marriages legal nationwide. Chief Justice John Roberts said in his dissent that people in polygamous relationships could make the same legal argument that not having the opportunity to marry disrespects and subordinates them. Read here Read also:  May I marry my sister, dog or several women at once? by Alexander Boot...

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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 high as kites or just woefully naive. The success of the gay marriage campaign is not going to change the minds of the Left an inch. Nor will it ‘strengthen the institution of marriage’ or encourage others who would otherwise not marry to marry. All of these arguments are a load of old baloney and I will tell you why. Read  here...

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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 only one in 10 were in marriages recognised under English law having been formalised through a civil wedding or a ceremony in a Mosque registered for the purpose. Read here...

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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 complete contradiction to UK law, under which bigamy is illegal and can result in a prison sentence of up to seven years.   But as such marriages are not recognised by English courts — and around 70 to 75 per cent of Muslim weddings go unregistered — those who marry under the system are not subject to prosecution.   As a result, the practice is becoming increasingly commonplace across Britain, with 20,000 polygamous marriages now estimated to have taken place here.   Read here...

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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 R. Buhman) violated the constitutional rights of the Brown family in years of criminal investigation and public accusations.” “With the earlier decision, families like the Browns can now be both plural and legal in the state of Utah,” he added. “The court specifically struck down language criminalizing cohabitation — the provision that is used to prosecute polygamists. … Judge Waddoups reaffirmed the independence of our courts and stood against open prejudice and hostility toward plural families.” After the win was announced, Brown gave his lawyer a statement to post that read, “While we know that many people do not approve of plural families, it is our family and based on our religious beliefs. Just as we respect the personal and religious choices of other families, we hope that in time all of our neighbors and fellow citizens will come to respect our own choices as part of this wonderful country of different faiths and beliefs.” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes told ABC News via a statement his office is determining whether to appeal the ruling. Read here...

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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, it has also been illegal in Utah to legally marry one person and live with others who are considered to be spouses – polygamous Mormon men usually legally marry one woman, and then have ‘spiritual’ unions with other wives – though this law is rarely enforced. Last December, district judge Clark Waddoups ruled that Utah law prohibiting this cohabitation is a violation of religious freedom, and he upheld this decision on Wednesday. Read...

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