Advocacy Groups Praise Polygamy Ruling by Utah Judge

Groups advocating individual liberties and polygamy hailed a ruling by a federal judge on Saturday that key parts of the polygamy laws in Utah were unconstitutional, saying it is removing the arrest threat for those families.

Judge Clark Waddoups from U.S. district court said in his Friday decision that a provision in the law in Utah forbidding the cohabitation with another person was in violation of the rights of the First Amendment of freedom of religion.

His ruling was a win for Kody Brown and his 4 wives, who are the stars of Sister Wives, a reality show on TLC, as well as for other fundamentalist Mormons who say polygamy gives exaltation in heaven.

The Browns filed a lawsuit in 2011 and fled to Las Vegas from Utah in 2012 due to a threat of being prosecuted.

Co-founder of Principle Voices, a polygamy group, Anne Wilde who lives in Salt Lake City, said the families that are polygamous have lived with the threat of being arrested for many years and now do not have to worry about having a felony charge placed against them.

Experts estimated that there are 38,000 fundamentalist Mormons that believe or practice polygamy, with most of them living in either Utah or other states in the West. Wilde was a plural wife for more than 33 years until the death of her husband.

She said now that the threat of felonies are no longer over their heads, they feel much relief. They worried that a knock on the door would take their kids away and that is no longer the case, said Wilde.

The office of the Attorney General in Utah has not commented as to whether it will appeal the ruling.

Another group, the Libertas Institute, which protects the cause of individual liberties in Utah, said in a statement that the judge’s ruling was a new start and the invalidation of a law that was unjust.

The group said that while child abuse and child brides must be prosecuted, adults that are consenting in plural relationships should not be faced with legal penalties.

  • Delusions are standard practice with Mormons. The Book of Abraham part of their “bible” was proven to be a fraud (Joseph Smith “translated” an Egyptian Pharaoh’s funeral document when hieroglyphics were still a mystery). When the Rosetta Stone made reading hieroglyphics possible, Egyptologists studied the document and told Mormon officials it had nothing to do with Abraham. The document was then hidden from public view. Yet they persist in their white male supremacy cult beliefs. Hal Mathew

  • The Bible & Torah should be banned!

    Here are several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old Testament in the bible — perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow.

    1. Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own. Deuteronomy 13:6-10
    2. Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you. Deuteronomy 13:12-16
    3. Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

    Rabbinical / Priestly rules:
    Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.”
    Leviticus 18:22 … “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination ….”

    Rabbis; the pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays. Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

    Being left-handed – being black or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return … it is something that should be celebrated! If it is love between two guys or two girls … all the better … it takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

    It is written; so therefore it shall be? We are the chosen people; such a wicked fantasy.