As sure as the sun rises it was going to happen. Inspired by the ruling of the Supreme Court last week to redefine the marriage definition, Nathan Collier of Montana filed a request to legally marry a second wife. Nathan and two women filed their application Tuesday, June 30th to validate their polygamous marriage.http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2015/July/Montana-Man-Applies-for-3-Way-Marriage/
All states have laws banning bigamy, however Collier declared that it is all “about marriage equality”. Collier plans to sue should his application be denied without justifiable reasons. With the Supreme Court decision and even a Biblical basis to marry more than one wife, there is now a precedent to established that polygamy laws are unconstitutional since it polygamy laws restrict Collier from his pursuit of happiness. If they all love one another, who is to say they should not get married?
There are more historical Biblical reasons to support polygamy than same sex marriage. Those waving Bible scripture cannot find any endorsement of same sex marriage in the Bible. Although God never specifically ordained polygamy, some of the greatest leaders of the Bible had multiple wives. The key here is that God never sanctioned the practice of having multiple wives.
Abraham, patriarch of the Christians, Jews, and Islam, had Egyptian slave Hagar fulfill the duties of a second wife by siring Ishmael. To this day a dispute regarding first rights divide the Jewish and Arab nations. Jacob had two wives and two slave mistresses which established 12 sons to consist the tribes of Israel. King David had five wives, and his son Solomon had 700 wives. Culturally have multiple wives was not a huge deal during Biblical days.
So why the agony regarding polygamy and why do all states have anti-polygamy laws? Collier is an ex-Mormon with no religious affiliation since he was kicked out of the Mormon Church. The Mormons faced great persecution over “unChristian” practices as polygamy, a sensitive subject that still brings consternation to the Mormons today. People tend to have an irrational point of view regarding polygamy and with the Supreme Court decision, there really is not a reason why polygamy should be banned if those willing to enter into a multiple person contract desire to do so. Is not polygamy a more efficient way to procreate and to be fruitful and multiply? God never said how.
There is no Biblical substantiation for same sex marriage and some “Christian” denominations are embracing same sex marriage when there is no legal or Biblical precedent to do so. So, will these same churches bless people wanting to enter into a polygamous relationship? One can easily begin to see the hypocrisy should clergy validating same sex marriage would suddenly be incensed with a polygamous marriage ceremony when there is a Biblical basis to perform a person wanting more than one wife or more than one husband. Isn’t this the very definition of discrimination? Why not marry three women or three men?http://christiananswers
Mr. Collier in Montana was already the victim of religious bigotry when he was excommunicated from the Church of Latter Day Saints for wanting to practice polygamy. His application to secular humanist standards should not receive the same prejudice if there is a consistency of reason, because after all, Collier is not a religious fanatic but merely wants to be happy with those he loves and vice versa.
It is high time we put polygaphobia to an end.