Does the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage spell doom for traditional holy matrimony?
Time will tell, but we predict the answer will be yes.
While many Americans are celebrating that gay couples can now legally wed, one has to wonder what the unintended consequences of the Supreme Court ruling will be.
John Roberts, the Supreme Court’s chief justice, wrote the dissenting opinion in the court’s 5-4 decision legalizing gay marriage.
Making polygamy legal is one possible result of that ruling, he said.
Roberts wrote: “If not having the opportunity to marry ‘serves to disrespect and subordinate’ gay and lesbian couples, why wouldn’t the same ‘imposition of this disability’ ... serve to disrespect and subordinate people who find fulfillment in polyamorous relationships?”
It didn’t take Montana polygamist Nathan Collier long to seize the opportunity the Supreme Court ruling presented. He says he’s going to sue the state of Montana if it refuses to grant him a marriage license to his second wife.
According to the Associated Press, the 46-year-old Collier, who’s appeared on the reality TV show “Sister Wives,” said “his bid to make his marriage to his second wife ‘legitimate’ was influenced by the U.S. Supreme Court decision.”
Montana officials are currently mulling Collier’s request. Polygamy is illegal under both Montana and federal law. But after the Supreme Court decision, what legal grounds do authorities have to deny him and his second wife the right to wed?
It begs the question what does the future hold for marriage? Will the Supreme Court decision turn the institution into something some might call “freakish”?
With half of all marriages ending in divorce, it’s not like marriage is put on a pedestal by most of us. In fact, considering how straight people have treated marriage, it almost seems hypocritical that some of them would want to forbid gay marriage.
That being said, it now seems likely that those who believe in polygamy will be able to successfully push to legalize their way of life.
Anyone who’s alarmed by that reality can thank the U.S. Supreme Court for making it so.
But as strange as polygamy might be to some of us, there could be even stranger marital combinations on the way.
Are we going to see people marrying animals? What about siblings deciding to wed? Will underage people say that love has no age requirements so they can tie the knot? Who knows.
At this point it’s all speculation because the high court’s ruling is relatively new.
One way our society could have perhaps resolved the potential marital strangeness on the horizon would have been to differentiate between civil unions and legal marriages.
We could have said any type of marriage is OK as far as civil unions are concerned, but the rules are more strict for a legal marriage.
Unfortunately, it seems the Supreme Court decision lumps it all together and the end result could be that the word “traditional” very soon has absolutely no place in the same sentence as “marriage.”
Despite some complaining about the high court’s ruling, gay marriage opponents seem like they’ve admitted defeat and the war’s over, so to speak.
And the fact is that millions of Americans support gay marriage and are praising the Supreme Court’s decision.
But the flood gates are now open and who knows what’s to come.
Tomorrow it’s legalized polygamy and next week who knows what.
We believe things are about to get strange.