Utah governor says he's concerned over federal judge's polygamy ruling

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 16, 2013 - 3:09 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has expressed concern over a federal judge's ruling that struck down key parts of Utah's polygamy laws, saying his legal counsel would determine the ramifications of the decision.

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davehougDec. 16, 1311:38 AM

WAAY more background needed. To go from cohabitating to polygamy one must have marriage certificats. How is this different than the old swingers of old????

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tranqwhlDec. 16, 1312:26 PM

If three people are in love, why do we discriminate against them? If they want to be married, we shouldn't let our religious or other discriminatory feelings stand in the way. It's just like gay people; I'm not gay, but if they want to be married, let them have their love. I don't want two wives, but if three people want to be married, let them have their love. It's simple and it's fair.

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theruntDec. 16, 1311:00 PM

If the Bible is any guide, wives and concubines are fine.

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dutclinDec. 17, 1312:52 PM

Once you thought "if the Bible is any guide" you should have stopped right there...

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puckluck77Dec. 17, 13 3:11 PM

one wife is already too many...

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ericgus55Dec. 17, 13 3:16 PM

From a moral standpoint, I have no problem with polygamy. From a legal standpoint, however, our laws are nowhere near equipped to deal with polygamy, or more specifically, the breakup of polygamous marriages (child custody, division of assets, alimony, etc.) For examples, do you pro-rate how long each partner was in the marriage? Are all participants married to all of the others or is each wife only married to the same husband? If lawmakers want to write up a whole series of bills to deal with polygamy and vote them into law, you'll hear no objections from me. To compare it to same-sex marriage, however, isn't an apt comparison, because a same-sex marriage is still the same number of participants as an opposite-sex marriage. Existing law can be applied, and the only change needed is to change from "husband and wife" to "partner #1 and partner #2."

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