SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah judge ruled his state's ban on polygamy unconstitutional last week, citing the same reasons used to argue in favor of same sex marriage legalization, Ken Klukowski, a legal analyst for Breitbart.com wrote over the weekend.
Government has no business intruding in family concerns, lawyers argued, and U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups agreed, striking down Utah’s law against polygamy in his 91-page opinion in Brown v. Buhman, on December 13, 2013. Klukowski explains:
This lawsuit is the brainchild of Prof. Jonathan Turley at George Washington University. He’s designed a two-step strategy, piggybacking on same-sex marriage: first, decriminalize polygamy, then assert a right to official recognition of polygamy.
As Turley explained in previous court filings, he believes there is a “right to self-determination of private relations and family matters free of government intrusion.” He noted that many oppose polygamy, and goes on to assert that polygamists “are entitled to protection from such majoritarian animus and bias vis-à-vis their private lifestyles and relations. Their status under domestic law is a civil rights issue deserving the same protections afforded to homosexuals and other minority groups.”
The exact legal arguments for same-sex marriage equally apply to multiple-person marriages. Turley acknowledges that marriage laws that do not include both are “a tool for the imposition of a uniform moral agenda or tenets on citizens.”
Turley then goes on to make clear he is not only arguing for the form of polygamy technically called polygyny, which is one man with multiple women. In other words, he also argues for a right to polyandry (one woman with multiple men) and polyamory (multiple men with multiple women).
More from Klukowski's evaluation HERE.