That Will Never Happen

Another article from Newsweek discusses polygamy activists. I guarantee that polygamy will seem like Ozzie and Harriet when all is said and done. (See excerpts from the article below the break.)

By Elise Soukup

March 20, 2006 issue – Marlyne Hammon knows what it’s like to feel hated and hunted. In 1953, when she was an infant, her father—along with dozens of other men in her tiny community of Short Creek, Ariz.—was arrested and sent to jail on charges of polygamy. She, her mother and siblings were forcibly exiled from the community and sent to live with a family in a nearby city. Her father was released after a week, but because the family feared further prosecution, they lived apart and corresponded in secret for the next six years. …
Not anymore. Hammon, who’s involved in a polygamous relationship, is a founding member of the Centennial Park Action Committee, a group that lobbies for decriminalization of the practice. She’s among a new wave of polygamy activists emerging in the wake of the gay-marriage movement—just as a federal lawsuit challenging anti-polygamy laws makes its way through the courts and a new show about polygamy debuts on HBO. “Polygamy rights is the next civil-rights battle,” says Mark Henkel, who, as founder of the Christian evangelical polygamy organization, is at the forefront of the movement. His argument: if Heather can have two mommies, she should also be able to have two mommies and a daddy. Henkel and Hammon have been joined by other activist groups like Principle Voices, a Utah-based group run by wives from polygamous marriages. …
Most notably, Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania told the Associated Press in 2003 that legalizing gay sex would pave the way for legalized bigamy, polygamy and incest. This “slippery slope” argument angers some gay-rights activists who see the issues as being completely separate. “I frankly would not love to see an article [about polygamy advocacy] in NEWSWEEK because this is the connection that our opponents make, and we feel it’s a specious one,” says Carisa Cunningham, director of public affairs for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. …
Polygamy rights, not surprisingly, get little support beyond those who are actually polygamists. A May 2005 Gallup poll found that 92 percent of Americans oppose the practice, which is illegal in all 50 states. But the tiny movement may get its biggest boost from an unexpected source: HBO. This week the network debuted a new drama, “Big Love,” which offers a sympathetic look at a polygamous family. “We value this as our way of life,” says Hammon. “We’ve got to have a voice in this.” Polygamists are finally speaking up—but will anyone listen?
© 2006 Newsweek, Inc.


One thought on “That Will Never Happen

  1. I wonder if Newseek will do a follow up on any “anti-polygamy” activists?

    See: Tapestry against Polygamy

    Select the “Danger Signs” link:
    To see examples: “Manipulation of marriages: arranging for people to get married; telling women to stay in abusive home situations and accept the abuse as “correction from the Lord”. Sexual demands: pressures to perform sexual acts through coercion.”

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