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The right to practice polygamy is considered to be the next civil rights battle and many individuals and groups are working to have anti-polygamy laws struck down as unconstitutional.


In the U.S., pro-polygamy forces have many supporters — legally, academically and culturally:

Polygamy is supported in principle by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Libertarian Party.

In a 2004 commentary in USA Today, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said anti-polygamy laws are hypocritical and that Green’s 2001 bigamy conviction was “simply a matter of unequal treatment under the law.”

Georgia State University professor Patricia Dixon interviewed numerous polygamous families who live in three black (U.S.) communities: African Hebrew Israelite, Ausar Auset Society and African American Muslim. In her book, We Want for Our Sisters What We Want for Ourselves (2002), Ms. Dixon concluded that polygyny, in which one man co-partners with many women, can be quite advantageous for women when it’s practiced openly and with consent, The women in these communities would “really appreciate” having polygamy rights, “Not having a legal license [as a second or third wife] causes a lot of anxiety.”

“Polygamy rights is the next civil rights battle” has become the motto of a Christian group that believes in “freely consenting, adult, non-abusive, marriage-committed polygamy”. Mark Henkel, founder of http://www.TruthBearer.org website, has said: “There’s no doubt about it, we are next. Liberals and feminists have to be pro-polygamy because of their tolerance doctrine and belief in a woman’s right to choose, which certainly includes ‘the right to choose polygamy’. The goal… is to convince conservatives, especially Christians, that ‘consenting adult’ polygamy is biblical and valuable, both to society and to individual men and women. Opposition to polygamy will come crashing down … like a house of cards.”

“We’ve got some judicial activists all over the country, especially on the 9th Circuit [Court of Appeals], who would probably be ready, willing and able to include polygamy as a constitutional right,” says Jan LaRue, legal specialist at Concerned Women for America.

An estimated 30,000 to 80,000 families are living polygamously in the United States, including hundreds of Laotian Hmongs in Minnesota and thousands of fundamentalist Mormons in Arizona and Utah.

Individual citizens, who are starting to wonder why polygamy is a crime, ask the following kinds of questions?

o If consenting adults who prefer polygamy can do everything else a husband and wife can do—have sex, live together, buy property, and bring up children jointly — why should they be prohibited from legally committing themselves to the solemn duties that attach to marriage? How is society worse off if these informal relationships are formalized and pushed toward permanence?

o Why is it a crime for an upstanding, tax-paying legal U.S. citizen who chooses to legally marry one wife and they solemnize, in a religious ceremony only, a relationship with another consenting adult? All parties are adults capable of making this decision and willing to live with each other in this scenario freely. I thought the protection of religious choices and the privacy of intimate, personal relationships between consenting adults were upheld by the U.S. Constitution?

o Isn’t it funny that a married man can legally have a mistress, children out of wedlock and that, without the knowledge or consent of his legal wife, sleep with other women – or men for that matter – and the legal system looks the other way? Yet, a spiritual man who believes it’s wrong to have marital relations outside the sanctity of God’s holy ordinance, and without the permission or knowledge of his legal wife, is a criminal if he lives a polygamous lifestyle.


Polygamy was outlawed in the U.S. during Colonial days, when Mormon pioneers in Utah wished for Utah to become a state. When Mormon pioneers moved to areas of western Canada, the Government of Canada also created anti-polygamy legislation.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected polygamy in its 1879 decision in Reynolds v. United States, which said government can enforce anti-polygamy laws even if they run counter to people’s religious beliefs.

Utah’s Constitution outlaws polygamy “forever” and, in 2001, the state’s anti-polygamy laws were upheld when Thomas Green, a fundamentalist Mormon man with five wives, was sent to prison for bigamy and related crimes.

In recent years, the U.S. federal government and 40 states have passed Defense of Marriage Acts and/or constitutional amendments that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Source documents:

“Why is this a crime?” by Janie Miller The Salt Lake Tribune May 23, 2006

“The Marriage of Many” by Cheryl Wetzstein The Washington Times December 11, 2005

“Polygamy Is ‘Next Civil Rights Battle,’ Activists Say” by Randy Hall Staff Writer/Editor, CNSNews.com, March 16, 2006 http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=%5CCulture%5Carchive%5C200603%5CCUL20060316a.html


  1. Gerald L. Says:

    Polygamy is just as a right as homosexuality. The problem is we have a black religious community and political “MIS”-Leaders that praise what God has condemned and advocate for social acceptances. Black men in America are to busy ducking from responsibity when the is no white praise in it. Our children are shooting each other with AK-47s’ and we as married men are watching Single mother neighbors show their babies how to clear a weapon jam.

  2. najuwm Says:

    i know that a man can not legally marry several wives however can he be polygamist just by having two or more women in his home and is this a crime. i am writing a book about polygamy and i need this information. looking forward to receiving a response from you soon.

  3. najuwm Says:

    Is it illegal for a man to have two or more women in his home living as if he is a polygamist without going to the state for any type of marriage to anyone? I am writing about this subject and I need to know more. There’s more to my request that I am unablel to email at this time.

  4. najuwm Says:

    would like responses about what the men think about polygamy. how many of you support this system of relationships. Anyone out there practicing polygamy. What do you sisters think? Any of you practicing polygamy? Any of you interested?

  5. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Brother Najuwm,Ofcourse legally in amerikkka you can only marry one wife at a time. But as you know many couples are living together without being married. And as you know the whites,are practicing polygamy in Utah and other places and the BLACKS are too. LEGALity only comes into play when a legal wife goes to court to sue her husband for legally marrying another. So if you are not legally married living with one or more women is not illegal,but going to court and legally marrying more than one woman is not legal. We can help you with your research. I am practicing as a SISTER Polygamy. I know Brothers who are in amerikkka. So I will e-mail you people and check out my second site under Postive Polygamy-
    AND several Brothers there mentioned that they wouldn’t mind being interviewed.

  6. kevaleb Says:

    I dont know about other states but in Utah
    A person is guilty of bigamy when, knowing he has a husband or wife or knowing the other person has a husband or wife, the person purports to marry another person or cohabits with another person.

    American Heritage Dictionary defines cohabitation as: To live together in a sexual relationship, especially when not legally married.

    You can read more about the legalities of plural marriage at:


  7. A. Law'o Says:

    I think that every human being should have the right to choose, who and how they are going to live there lives together.

    In my opinion polygamy is a beautifule way of life. And should be withen the realm of possibuility for any one capable of makeing a decision to marry. i’ve been in a multiple marriage for a while and would not choose tolive any other way.

  8. ubhuti Says:

    I have some good news for the supporters and readers of this blog. You may not be able to obtain a legal US document that protects marital rights in a poly marriage, but it is 100% legal in the US for Polygyny CIVIL UNIONS. Just as homosexuals have the human right to join together this same law of protection applies to Polygyny.
    The federal government is not against consenting adults raising a strong taxable community; it is just not equipped to enforce marital rights for poly relationships. And that is why it is ILLEGAL for the feds to recognize any marriage other than a man and a woman
    Please understand the sole responsibility of maintenance and enforcement lays 100% on the adults to create a terms or contract of understanding to establish the goals and expected outcome. This protects our women from pimps and good families from street vermin attempting to inflict unneeded agony and embarrassment.

    If I am wrong in my interpretation, please anyone feel free to correct where I may be wrong so that we all 100% within our rights.
    God bless

  9. Sarah Says:

    I am doing a research paper on polygamous marriages. I think that people who practice polygamy should not be allowed to marry for several different reasons. One, why do the men have several different wives. Everyone knows that if a woman tried to have more than one husband, that the guy would not be going along with that. Another reason is people can barely manage one relationship, why would they want a second? YOU know it’s fucked up when you have to explain to your daughter or son that their half-brother is also they’re cousin. Come on we can all agree that that’s some Jerry Springer type shit. Also, step-fathers will marry the step-daughter after they damn near raised the child their whole life, so that’s triflin’. The children grow up think this life style is normal and it’s not. Why would anyone want to share their husband with another woman. If you truly love someone then you act selfish and you wouldn’t want them with any other person. I’d be damned if I was married to a dude who had all different kinds of children with all these different woman, and don’t get me started on STD’s…..

  10. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Sarah, men ,all men,BLACK,brown,yellow,white are all polygamous by nature.They will always have other women whether you know it or not. And if the girlfriends get pregnant and they don’t have an abortion there will be other children from other women. So face the facts of life. Your mother never told you the truth about men so just know that the world was polygamous long before some white countries took up so-called monogamy, which is not that but serial polygamy,one wife at a time, for 2 years and divorce and marry another, with girlfriends thruout you dig. So most of the world is still polygamous for a good reason. If there is no polygamy there will be large groups of women like it is in white countries,who cannot find husbands because marriable women in most societies is more than marriable men. Africa,because we are a BLACK site has been practicing Polygamy for thousands of years and have rules and regulations-you can’t marry your stepsister for example,you must share more or less equally,etc. so we BLACK women that know the truth about men would rather share in the same household so that the girlfriends will not get most of the money and time and then we can have some helpful sister wives who will share the workload help us with the kids so that we get time to do things we want to do,since more than one wife is taking care of our husband and children. It works in Africa,with regulations and it is begining to work in BLACKAMERIkkkA! So sorry for you Sarah,when you find out your man has another woman I guess you will go crazy!

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  12. The Fool... on the hill Says:

    “Polygamy rights is the next civil rights battle” has become the motto of a Christian group that believes in “freely consenting, adult, non-abusive, marriage-committed polygamy”. Dude this is just ignorance. Marriage has been going on before religion and before politics, it is an ideas of promise.. we can promise or make any agreement we want. State or religion recognition is superflous to that promise. It is the only the Sophist(false philospher) that would could not see through the box.hahaha Its is your decision if you make such promises or not. if you dont like it don’t make such and aggreement.. Legalization is just a word it has no more legitimacy than that. If it had its own actual existence we would not need to uphold it…. That is actual philosophy.. not just a bunch of opinions.

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