…and those seeking to completely redefine marriage will take whatever they can grab. It was inevitable, really: now that gay marriage appears to many to be on its way, it’s time to legitimate polygamy. High powered Washington law professor Jonathan Turley is leading the charge in Utah, according to The Blaze:
A polygamous family made famous by the reality TV show “Sister Wives” plans to challenge the Utah bigamy law that makes their lifestyle illegal, a Washington-based attorney said Tuesday.
Bigamy is defined as “the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another.”
In an email to The Associated Press, attorney Jonathan Turley said he will file the lawsuit challenging Utah‘s bigamy law in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court on Wednesday.
Turley is not only a lawyer, but a comedian:
In a statement posted on his blog, Turley said the lawsuit will challenge Utah’s right to prosecute people for their private relationships.
“We are not demanding the recognition of polygamous marriage. We are only challenging the right of the state to prosecute people for their private relations and demanding equal treatment with other citizens in living their lives according to their own beliefs,” the statement reads.
Not demanding recognition of polygamy? He’s got to be kidding. He is demanding “equal treatment,” which means the state granting people the right to enter into polygamous arrangements. Maybe law schools have different standards for the use of the English language, but where I come from, granting “equal treatment” to polygamists necessarily means “recognizing” (i.e., legalizing) their marriages.
By the way, in case you thought this was actually about Utah’s bigamy law, think again. The idea is to eventually have all laws prohibiting polygamy, including federal ones, ruled unconstitutional.
I also find it amusing that Turley is taking on the stars of a TV reality show as his clients. What, Warren Jeffs wasn’t good enough for him?
(Via Stand Firm.)