The state Senate in Utah has now approved by a unanimous vote a bill that would decriminalize polygamy—making it a mere infraction akin to jaywalking.
This development is Utah is the logical extension of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision in 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage. Once you redefine marriage so that it is no longer the union of a man and a woman, then you’ve eroded your foundation to defend marriage against a change in number. Once you’ve changed gender, the logical obstacle to a change in number is far less significant.
In fact, polygamy is an objective wrong and it’s a deformed human relationship, and it can never be made non-abusive. It can never be made “safe.”
Valerie Hudson—a distinguished professor at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M—made the point well: “The harm” she said, “has been found to be inherent in the practice.”Read More »