Marriage group knew polygamy push would come

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Jack Phillips wedding cake topperUtah residents who support traditional values are opposing a proposal that could result in further destruction of the institution of marriage.

In order to gain acceptance as a state in 1896, Utah had to give up polygamy. Some polygamists, however, have continued to practice it. Now, Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee has voted unanimously to send Sen. Deidre Henderson's (R) bill that would decriminalize polygamy to the full Senate.

Anyone convicted of polygamy can currently be punished with five years in prison and up to 15 years more if the defendant is also convicted of fraud, child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, or human smuggling or trafficking. The bill, though, would make polygamy between consenting adults an infraction — a level below many traffic offenses that carries no jail time. Those convicted could face fines up to $750 and community service and sentencing enhancements for those with additional charges.

Joe Grabowski of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) recalls his group's position before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-gender marriage in 2015.

"We warned ahead of that decision that if that were to take place, we would see things like plural marriages coming down the pike," Grabowski tells OneNewsNow. "It just goes to show that once you remove marriage from a traditional definition, the definition that makes sense, all kinds of craziness can ensue, and that's what we're seeing take place."

Grabowski warns that this weakening of traditional marriage could lead to acceptance of polyamory -- one person mating with several of the opposite gender under the same roof.

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