A polygamist in Montana is seeking to obtain a “marriage” license for a second “wife” following last Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex nuptials because of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, Christian News Net reports.
Nathan Collier went to the Yellowstone County Courthouse on Tuesday with his partner Christine to seek a second marriage license as he stated that if the Supreme Court really believes in equality, then he should have the right to marry as he wishes as well. He cited language from dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts, who stated that the “gay marriage” ruling “would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.”
Collier, a former Mormon, married his wife Victoria, 40, in 2000, and in the same year had a ceremony with Christine, but did not seek to obtain a license for fear of criminal prosecution.
Between the two women, Collier has five children. He has appeared on the TLC reality show “Sister Wives,” featuring Kody Brown and his five “wives,” four of whom he considers to be united in a “spiritual union.”
According to reports, when Collier visited the Yellowstone County Courthouse on Tuesday to request a license for his second “wife,” he was initially denied. However, Collier was also informed that the matter would be presented to the county attorney for further consideration. An official decision is expected next week.
“I’m not trying to redefine marriage,” Collier continued. “I’m not forcing anyone to believe in polygamy. We’re only defining marriage for us. We just want legitimacy.”
Collier says that he is considering filing a lawsuit if his license is denied.
(Once you divorce marriage from biblical truth, anything goes. Polygamous marriages are going to become legal. More changes to marriage are coming after that.)