Dr. Mark Denison

Making the Case for Polygamy

By Dr. Mark Denison — In just a few days, the United States Supreme Court will decide on the legality of same sex marriage. While gays and lesbians can marry in 36 states, the cases of The United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry have made their way up through appellate courts to the desks of nine men and women, the final arbiters. On one side we have James Esseks, who leads the effort for the American Civil Liberties Union. “This is the beginning of the end game on the freedom to marry,” said Esseks. On the other side we have Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. Perkins said, “The U.S. Supreme Court now has the opportunity to issue a long-overdue ruling to restore the freedom of the people to uphold marriage in their state laws as the union of a man and a woman.” Cases from Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky have pushed the Court into a corner. All four states say this is a states’ rights issue. The Supreme Court has heard the arguments and now stands on the precipice of one of the most significant cultural decisions of our generation.

Politicians such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have “evolved” on this issue. Once outspoken opponents of same-sex marriage, their positions have changed, shockingly, at the very time that Gallup reports a record high number of Americans, sixty percent, now support same sex marriage. For 239 years, America has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. For the first 95 percent of their lives, Obama and Clinton agreed. But at just the very moment the tide of public opinion switched, so did they. This, of course, is mere coincidence. But I stray from my theme. I am for consistency. So I am happy to lead the charge to legalize polygamy. Its time has come. Let’s review. Polygamy is already legal in 50 countries, making up 25% of the world. But in this country, bigots such as Abraham Lincoln have stood in the way for too long. The Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act was signed into law on July 8, 1862 by President Lincoln. In 1890 the LDS Church (Mormons) finally caved to the mood of the people as they formally abolished the practice for their followers.

But I want to take a stand. Just 20 years ago, only 27 percent supported same sex marriage. And today, about ten percent support the legalization of polygamy. Here’s my prediction. The day Gallup reports that number has topped 50 percent, we will see key political “leaders” evolve on that position, as well. And why shouldn’t they? Two years ago, Harry Cheadle suggested, “After gay marriage is legalized, polygamy will be next – and then bestiality and legal unions between lawn mowers and volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica.” And why not? I mean, who are we to tell a man how many wives he can have? If the Biblical model of marriage is to be trashed because we have “evolved” in our views, why not take it to the next level? I can understand the case for same sex marriage, though I reject it patently. But what I can’t understand is how one can support same sex marriage while rejecting polygamy.

There is only one explanation for any political leader to “evolve” on one form of unbiblical shift in 239 years of American history while not shifting on the other. For 86 years of American history, polygamy was legal, while same sex marriage wasn’t. But now, the Supreme Court is on the verge of adopting the view of most Americans and key national leaders. The moment public opinion changes, so do these “leaders.” And I’ll bet you the second Gallup announces that 50.1 percent of Americans approve of polygamy, these same “leaders” will magically “evolve” in their views again. For those of you who support same sex marriage, why wait? How can you support same sex marriage but not polygamy? Who are you to tell three consenting adults they can’t enter into this relationship if they want to? If you wish to be intellectually honest, you have only two choices. Either reject both same sex marriage and polygamy, or support both. “Evolving” is for wimps. So if you are among the sixty percent who support same sex marriage, take a stand for your fellow Americans who have been persecuted since the days of President Lincoln. You are the change we’ve been waiting for. Speak out for polygamy, the great civil rights issue of our day. The best case for polygamy is same sex marriage.

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