Immediately following the Supreme Court’s ruling this week, conservative radio host Glenn Beck warned that legalized polygamy wouldn’t be far behind. “If you change one variable — man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman,” he said, “you cannot then tell me that you cannot logically tell me you can’t change the other variable: one man, three women. One woman, four men.”
Many gay marriage supporters scoff at the notion, declaring that no such thing could ever happen. But if that’s the case, no one apparently told the polygamists.
According to the Daily Mail, they’re pretty darned excited about the ruling:
‘I was very glad,’ polygamist Anne Wilde told Buzzfeed in the aftermath of the rulings. ‘The nuclear family, with a dad and a mom and two or three kids, is not the majority anymore.’
She added that many people in polygamous relationships were not in fact seeking the right to marry, but wanted to ensure that they were safe from prosecution.
Joe Darger, a man from Utah who has three wives, said the court ‘has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that’s certainly something that’s going to trickle down and impact us’.
Anita Wagner Illig, a leading polygamy activist as head of the group Practical Polyamory, told U.S. News & World Report that gay-rights campaigners had set a welcome precedent.
‘We polyamorists are grateful to our brothers and sisters for blazing the marriage equality trail,’ she said.
‘I would absolutely want to seek multi-partner marriage – it would eliminate a common challenge polyamorists face when two [people] are legally married and others in their group relationships aren’t part of that marriage.’
Love is love — right, Mr. President?