Why is gay marriage OK, but polygamy isn't?
I was curious why Lindsey Graham would ask such a seemingly stupid question during Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearings. There had to be some ulterior motive behind the question. Last year, a federal judge ruled Utah's law against polygamy "unconstitutional," essentially decriminalizing polygamy in the state, which had outlawed polygamy to gain statehood. So whether, Loretta likes it or not, she may have to deal with the issue if the Senate confirms her nomination as US Attorney General.
The Mormon church struck down polygamy in the late 19th century, but various branches still practice the tradition, including the Brown family that parlayed its "experience" into a reality show on TLC. The same network that gave the world Jon & Kate, which ended in bitter acrimony. Seems things aren't all peaches and cream with the "Sister Wives" either, judging from this admission by a former "sister," equating her experience with that of adultery.
Most branches of the Christian faith have abolished polygamy. Augustine long ago argued against polygamy in the Catholic Church, saying that it might have been fine for the Old Testament patriarchs but had no place in modern society. This was the fourth century mind you. You won't find polygamy among Jews either, except for a very small group of unorthodox Jews who want to restore the "balance" in population in the Levant.
Yet, here we are in the 21st century and there are still splinters of the Mormon faith along with Christian cults like the Branch Davidians practicing polygamy in one form or another. Lindsey seems to think that if we are going to "excuse" gay marriage, then is polygamy anymore morally reprehensible? I suppose if gay Mormons or Seventh-Day Adventists wanted to practice polygamy that could cause a moral dilemma, but otherwise not.
Republicans seem to relish these unrelated arguments, hoping to drag others into these faux debates. This has long been the case with "evolution v. creationism," or "intelligent design" as the case may be. It is really no more than diversionary tactic hoping that the person being grilled, Loretta Lynch in this case, will say something that they can seize on to make a case against her. After all, the Republicans now have the upper hand in the Senate and can block all of Obama's appointees if they so choose.
The only problem here is that means their arch nemesis Eric Holder stays on the job. I think in the end the GOP Senate will confirm Lynch's nomination, if for no other reason than to finally be rid of Holder, whom they have held in contempt for the past 6 years.
But, what of polygamy? The decision reached last year by a federal judge makes it a national issue and I'm sure there are those "polygamists" in other states that want to see their questionable religious rights protected, not to mention the number of Muslims "quietly" living in polygamy in America.
Maybe it wasn't such a stupid question after all?